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