City identification card

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In the United States, a city (or municipal) identification card is a form of identification card issued by a municipality, such as a city, rather than a state or federal government. Under federal law, cities may issue their own identification cards as they see fit, and do not have to consider the immigration or criminal status of an applicant before doing so.[1] New Haven, Connecticut issued the first municipal identification cards in the United States, the Elm City Resident Card, in 2007.[2] On January 15, 2009, the city/county of San Francisco launched the SF City ID Card, a municipal identification card program modeled after New Haven's.[3] Other cities that issue identification cards include Asbury Park, New Jersey,[4] and Washington, D.C. (DC One Card).[5] In Mercer County, New Jersey, a community ID card is being issued by a local non profit organization with the endorsement of various law enforcement agencies.

United StatesEdit


Phoenix, Arizona (approved, then cancelled)Edit

On August 31, 2016 the city council of Phoenix, Arizona voted 5 to 4 to create a city identification card that would be available to undocumented immigrants.[6] The cards were to have been available by February 2017.[7] This program was cancelled in February 2018.[8]


Los Angeles, California (not issued as of 2019)Edit

On November 8, 2012, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12 to 1 to solicit proposals for a municipal identification card. It will be modeled on the Oakland City ID system.[9]

Oakland, California (2013)Edit

The city of Oakland, California, has debated a proposed municipal identification system, which would include a debit card function, for all city residents, regardless of immigration status, a move backed by the Oakland City ID Card Coalition.[10][11] On September 13, 2011, the Oakland City Council decided to wait for a cost and feasibility study to be completed by late October before proceeding, hoping to begin issuing ID cards in 2012, barring any unforeseen circumstances.[12] This, however, extended into 2012, with the City Council voting in favor of the final portion of the program on October 16, 2012.[13] The first cards of the program are slated to be issued on February 1[14]

Richmond, California (2011)Edit

On July 5, 2011, the Richmond city council voted unanimously to issue municipal identification cards to Richmond residents, regardless of immigration status. In a letter to the council urging passage of the measure, a city council member and the mayor argued that "many Richmond residents lack the necessary forms of official identification that are required to access financial institutions, jobs, housing, and protections for the home and workplace. These residents include immigrants, children, students, the homeless, transgender people, the indigent, the disabled, the elderly, runaway youth, and adult survivors of domestic violence."[15] The program will be administered by a third-party vendor at no cost to the city.[16]

San Francisco, California (2009)Edit

In November 2007, the board of supervisors of San Francisco voted to issue municipal ID cards to residents of the city, regardless of immigration status.[17] The cards were officially launched on January 15, 2009.[3] Proof of identity and of city residence is required.


New Haven, Connecticut (2007)Edit

The Elm City Resident Card is an ID card used in New Haven, Connecticut, in the United States. The card was originally designed to protect the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 illegal immigrants in New Haven[18] from being robbed or assaulted. All city residents can receive the card, which serves as a form of identification, debit card with a capacity of $150, library card, and a way to pay for parking meters. The cards were first issued in July 2007, and were the first municipal identification cards issued in the United States.[19] The card costs $5 for children or $10 for adults.[20]

Hartford, Connecticut (2017)

First issued May 22, 2017, the Hartford City ID is a "Government-issued identification card that is available to all Hartford residents who can verify their identification and residency status in Hartford."[21]



Aventura, Florida issues the optional Aventura ID Card to its residents.

Delray BeachEdit

Delray Beach, Florida issues an optional residency identification card.

Sunny Isles Beach (2011)Edit

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida offers the free and optional Sunny Isles Beach Resident ID Card to its residents.


Chicago (2018)Edit

On October 12, 2016, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and then City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced the launch of a Chicago Municipal ID program.[22]

On April 26, 2018 city officials launched the Chicago CityKey, an optional, valid, government-issued ID card offered to all Chicago residents.[23] CityKey serves as a three-in-one card for a valid government issued ID, Ventra card for Chicago Transit Authority, and Chicago Public Library services.[24]

With the first 100,000 ID cards free of cost, initial response to the Chicago CityKey was extremely high and successful.[25] In some city wards, residents waited hours in line to receive their card.


Detroit, Michigan (2016)Edit

On May 17, 2016 the city council of Detroit, Michigan voted in favor of the creation of a municipal identification program for city residents who struggle to otherwise obtain government-issued ID.[26]


Northfield, Minnesota (2018)Edit

On December 5, 2017, the city council of Northfield, Minnesota unanimously approved an ordinance establishing a city identification card program to be implemented in March 2018.[27]

New JerseyEdit

County LevelEdit

Hudson County, New JerseyEdit

The county clerk of Hudson County, New Jersey, Barbara A. Netchert, issues identification cards to resident of the county. The cards are available to residents of the county for a fee of ten dollars for adults and five dollars for minors, which is specified by the county as teenagers aged fourteen to sixteen.[28]

Mercer County, New Jersey (2011)Edit

Starting in April 2011, the Mercer County Area Community ID Card is being issued with the endorsement of the offices of the Mercer County Sheriff, the Mercer County Prosecutor, and the police departments of several municipalities, including Trenton, Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, West Windsor, Ewing Township and Plainsboro. The card is issued by the non profit Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) [29] and is accepted by law enforcement agencies, municipal agencies, clinics, hospitals, libraries, social service agencies, and many stores and banks. Although is not an official government ID card, it facilitates access to basic community services to those who are unable to obtain other documents such as immigrants, youth, homeless persons, and those in recovery or re-entry programs.[30] This card replaces the Trenton and Princeton Community ID cards that were issued in 2009 and 2010.

Monmouth County, New JerseyEdit

The county clerk of Monmouth County, New Jersey, M. Clark French, issues identity cards to residents of the county. The cards are available only to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.[31]

Municipal LevelEdit

Asbury Park, New Jersey (2015)Edit

Asbury Park issues an identification card to city residents. The cards became available August 1, 2015.[32]


Dover, New Jersey offers a municipal ID card.


Elizabeth, New Jersey offers a municipal ID card.

Highland ParkEdit

Highland Park, New Jersey offers a municipal ID card.

New BrunswickEdit

New Brunswick, New Jersey offers the New Brunswick City ID card.

Newark, New Jersey (2015)Edit

The City of Newark introduced a municipal identification program in August 2015 to all residents of Newark.[33] Cards cost $15 for new applicants, however new applicants that are senior citizens or children only cost $8.[34] A financial hardship application can be filed with the city if any of these fees are unable to be met by the applicant.

Jersey City, New Jersey (tbd)Edit

Jersey City's city council has announced a municipal identification program in April 2017.[35]


Morristown, New Jersey offers a municipal ID card.


Paterson, New Jersey offers a municipal ID card.

Perth AmboyEdit

Perth Amboy, New Jersey offers a municipal ID card.

Plainfield, New Jersey (2013)Edit

Starting in November 2013, Plainfield Community ID Cards is being issued with the support of the Plainfield Police Department. This card is being issued by a non-profit group Angels For Action, Inc.[36] They were trained and mentored by the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) from Mercer County,.[29] For identification only, the local identity cards do not grant legal residency or the right to work. Approved by the Plainfied City Cooperation, the card is also accepted by law enforcement agencies, municipal agencies, clinics, hospitals, libraries, social service agencies, and many stores and banks. Angels For Action and other local organizations are also in the process trying to encourage the Plainfield City Council to approve a municipal identity ID Card system to supply cards at a larger scale for the growing population of Plainfield. Angels for Actions had also helped mentor and encourage ID Cards for Newark and Roselle.

Roselle, New Jersey (2015)Edit

The city council of Roselle, New Jersey unanimously passed an ordinance that will allow the Borough to launch a community-wide identification card program on October 21, 2015[37] and began issuing cards on December 14, 2015.

Union City, New Jersey (2017)Edit

The Union City, NJ board of commissioners decided to enact a municipal identification program starting March 1, 2017.[38] The program is open to any resident of the city older than 14. The system was, in part, set up to allow residents of the city to gain identification for securing financial services (e.g. bank checking account).[39]

New YorkEdit

New York City (2015)Edit

In July 2007, New York City councilman Hiram Monserrate proposed setting up a municipal identity system for New York City residents similar to the New Haven plan.[40] However, shortly thereafter Monserrate left the Council to the New York State Senate and the proposal was shelved.

On February 10, 2014, in his first State of the City address, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan to create a New York City municipal identification card, named IDNYC, which would be available to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.[41] While any city resident could obtain a card, the mayor announced it as a way to allow city residents who lack legal immigration status in the United States to access municipal and private services and facilities that require photo identification. The cards also provide additional benefits such as discounts on movie tickets, Broadway shows, sporting events, and YMCA memberships. Additionally, cardholders are able to open a bank account at several financial institutions in New York City.[42] The cards were first made available on January 12, 2015.[43]


Philadelphia (2019)Edit

Philadelphia issues an optional identification card to city residents. The PHL City ID[44] cards became available in April 2019.

Rhode IslandEdit

Providence (2018)Edit

Providence, Rhode Island issues an optional identification card to city residents. The IDPVD[45] cards became available in June 2018.

Washington, D.C. (2014)Edit

As of May 1, 2014,[46] Washington, D.C. issues the DC One Card to legal residents or visitors of the U.S., though some services may be available only to residents of the District. (Some undocumented immigrants may get the card if they have been issued a state driver's license or state non-driver ID card by one of the states that issues these credentials to illegal immigrants, such as New Mexico, Utah, and Washington; or a school ID card.)[47] The DC One Card is a consolidated credential designed to give adults and children access to DC government facilities and programs that was designed to help the District consolidate printing ID cards and save money.[48] The DC One Card is also a building access card for DC government employees. For all public school secondary students and those who request it, the card includes immediate Metro SmarTrip® capability to help them travel.[49]



Milwaukee issues an optional municipal identification card[50] to its residents.


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