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In the United States, New York has launched the IDNYC municipal identification for residents of the five New York City boroughs. Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced that the IDNYC card will be accepted as valid primary ID for opening a bank or credit union account at more than 10 financial institutions. It covers free entry to museums and access to government buildings such as schools; renting library books, and opening bank accounts.

He described it as the most ambitious, dynamic and useful municipal ID program in the country. “IDNYC is not only a card for all New Yorkers, it is the gateway to City services, the key to opening a bank account or getting a library card, and the ticket to many of our city’s finest cultural institutions. More than that, this card represents who we are: New Yorkers who value equality, opportunity and diversity,” said Bill de Blasio.

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Welcoming the launch, Council Member Vanessa L Gibson said: “By encouraging the growing use of IDNYC, this plan is an important and practical tool that will provide access to identification for immigrants, young adults, homeless residents and other New Yorkers who may not have access to any other form of proper identification.”

It will be accepted by the New York Police Department for the purposes of issuing summonses or desk appearance tickets in lieu of arrest, and has been incorporated into the NYPD Patrol Guide.

All City residents age 14 and above are eligible to get a municipal ID card, and enrolment is free for anyone who applies in 2015. The City has established 17 permanent enrolment centers in the five boroughs, 11 of which are open to the public in mass transit and commercial hubs, including five of the most-trafficked library branches. The City has also opened six enrolment centers for City agency clients in the Department of Probation and the Human Resources Administration. The 18th permanent public enrollment center will open in the spring, and two mobile locations will launch later in January.

The City says that it will protect the confidentiality of all IDNYC card applications and will not ask applicants about their immigration status. Visit:

However the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) said that the city had not done enough to protect those documents from being used by law enforcement. Johanna Miller, the advocacy director at the NYCLU said: “The NYPD, FBI, DHS and others can request these documents without having to show probable cause. And if they are requested, the city has no obligation to even notify the person so they might be able to defend their own privacy. For these reasons, the NYCLU regretfully cannot support this legislation.”

Also covered are:

entertainment discounts on movie tickets, Broadway shows, sporting events, theme parks, and more with Entertainment Benefits Group.
A 10 percent discount off annual NYC Parks Recreation Center membership for adults age 25-61 and NYC Parks Department tennis permits.
A 20 percent discount on family memberships at all 22 YMCA centers citywide.
A free 30-day trial and fitness evaluation with a certified trainer at all New York Sports Club locations.
A 5 percent discount off all purchases at Food Bazaar supermarkets in New York City Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 7 PM.
A 25 percent discount on New York Pass, a citywide pass to 83 tourist attractions in all five boroughs.


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