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City ID Card

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 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.
    • You can apply for an IDNYC card even if you are homeless or formerly incarcerated.
  • An IDNYC card is an official photo identification card that can be used to:
    • apply for City services and benefits like SNAP, Cash Assistance, and Section 8.
    • apply for health insurance through the NYS Health Insurance Marketplace.
    • prove identity for employment, when given with proof of work authorization to employers.
    • prove identity with the New York Police Department (NYPD).
    • qualify for affordable housing through NYC Housing Connect.
    • enter City buildings that provide services to the public, like schools.
    • check out books from the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library.
    • register at many NYC Health + Hospital facilities.
    • access your family’s immunizations records.
    • open a bank account at some banks in NYC.
    • take the high school equivalency exam in NYC.
  • An IDNYC card also offers benefits that make it more than just an ID card including:
    • discounts for food, shopping, and entertainment, including free memberships to many NYC museums and theaters.
    • access benefits in health, fitness, transportation, and education.
    • US Veteran designation.
    • See a full list of benefits on the IDNYC website.
  • Replacement cards are available for lost or stolen cards through the IDNYC Online Portal.

2. Determine your eligibility

Anyone who lives in NYC and is age 10 and 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.

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3. What you need to include

IDNYC uses a point system to prove your identity and where you live. Use the IDNYC Document Calculator to see what documents you can use.

If applying alone

You will need to provide at least four (4) points of documents, including:

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

If applying with a Caretaker

The applicant must provide two (2) points of documents proving identity. One of the documents must have the date of birth.

The Caretaker must also bring:

  • at least three (3) points of documents proving their own identity, including a photo ID and date of birth.
  • one (1) point proving residency; and
  • one (1) or more documents proving the Caretaker’s relationship with the applicant.

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply in person

  1. Find an Enrollment Center near you and book your appointment online. Appointments are required.
  2. Print and fill out the application form for 10-13 year olds and for 14 years and older ahead of time and bring it to your appointment, or fill it out at your appointment.
  3. Applicants 14 and older can submit applications online before going to an Enrollment Center.
  4. Collect your documents and bring them with you to your appointment. Your ID photo will be taken during the appointment.

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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 Monday, November 8th, 10:21am

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