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A free City ID card

IDNYC | NYC Human Resources Administration

1. How it Works

IDNYC is a free government-issued photo ID card for people 10 years and older who live in NYC. It can help you get City services, museum memberships, and more.

  • All New Yorkers 10 and older, regardless of immigration status, can apply for an IDNYC card.
  • Requires proof of identity and where you live.
  • Find an enrollment center near you to apply in person.
  • Applicants 14 and older can submit applications online before going to an enrollment center.
  • You can apply for an IDNYC card even if you are homeless.
  • IDNYC cardholders are now able to pay the fee to replace a lost or stolen card online via the IDNYC Online Portal. Cardholders can start the replacement card application online in the “Replace Your Card” option, pay the $10 fee, and complete the process at any IDNYC enrollment center or pop-up. You may request a hardship waiver for the replacement fee.
  • Cardholders who are 10-13 years old may pay the fee to replace a lost stolen card at an IDNYC Department of Finance Enrollment Center.
  • You can use your IDNYC at entertainment and cultural events that are fun for the whole family.

2. Determine your eligibility

Anyone who lives in NYC and is ages 10 or older is eligible to apply for an IDNYC card.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

3. What you need to include

IDNYC uses a point system to prove your identity and where you live. To apply, you will need to provide:

  • Proof of your identity: at least three (3) points.
  • Proof of where you live: one (1) point.
  • At least one (1) of your documents much have your photo.
  • At least one (1) document with your date of birth.

If you are between the ages 10 and 21 and/or disabled and do not have a enough points or a photo ID you can apply with a caretaker.

Use the IDNYC Document Calculator to see what documents you can use.

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

You can submit your application online before going to an enrollment center. To do so:

  1. Go to the IDNYC website.
  2. Select the language you prefer to use.
  3. Read application instructions including eligibility and document requirements.
  4. Fill out the electronic application.
  5. Select the documents you are going to bring to the enrollment center for your appointment.
  6. Schedule an appointment for an enrollment center.
  7. Look over the information you entered and provide an electronic signature.
  8. Print out your application receipt and make sure you bring it to your appointment.

Submit your application online

Apply in person

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the IDNYC website for more information on how to apply and IDNYC benefits.


Email IDNYC to get your questions answered.

Call 311

Ask about IDNYC.

Visit an IDNYC center

Find an IDNYC enrollment center near you to get help in person.

Last Updated Tuesday, October 12th, 1:05pm

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