People May 8, 2015 | 10:35 am

Senator Espaillat to request a New York City Municipal ID

New York, NY.- Today New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan/Bronx), will request a Municipal ID (IDNYC). The personal identification card issued by the municipal government is available to all city residents 14 years of age or older. Immigration status does not matter.

The IDNYC card is the largest municipal identity card program in the nation. Senator Espaillat will request his ID and discuss the benefits of the program in the IDNYC Northern Manhattan Center, located at 530 West 135th Street, at 3:00 pm

WHO: State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

WHAT: Senator Espaillat will apply for the IDNYC card and discuss the benefits of the program to encourage community members to apply for the IDNYC.

WHERE: IDNYC Northern Manhattan Center

530 West 135th Street

New York, NY 10031

(W 135th Street and Broadway)

WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, May 8, at 3:00 pm


Dear Neighbor,

New York City residents are now able to sign up for IDNYC – a government-issued identification card that is available to all City residents age 14 and older.

Immigration status does not matter. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this initiative in his State of the City address in January 2014 and less than one year later proudly launched the largest municipal identification card program in the nation.


IDNYC Northern Manhattan Center

530 West 135th Street

New York, NY 10031

(at W 135th St and Broadway)

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8:30am – 7:00pm

It is one of the largest locations and can serve a large number of walk-ins as well, though they should encourage folks to make appointments. Appointments can be made by calling 311 or going on the website at

If large groups are interested in going we can try to accommodate that as well. We would just need to do in advance.

All New York City residents age 14 and older can get an IDNYC card. Applicants must complete an application and submit it at an IDNYC Enrollment Center.

Applicants are also required to present proof of identity and residency in New York City. Many types of documents are accepted. You must submit your application and proof of identity and residency in person at an IDNYC Enrollment Center or an IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center, which travels to neighborhoods across the City. After you apply for the card, it will be sent to you in the mail.

The IDNYC card is free for all New Yorkers who apply during the first year of the program – until December 31, 2015. Cards are valid for five years from the date the application is approved. The application process is accessible to people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.


The IDNYC card is an accessible and secure document that enables residents to access City services and grant admission to City buildings, such as schools. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at select financial institutions.

You are able to use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York. The card can be integrated with your account at the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library Systems. This is the first time a single card can be utilized across all three systems. To use your IDNYC card at a library, ask a librarian or a library clerk at your local branch to connect your IDNYC card with your library account or sign up for a new library account and use your IDNYC card as your library card.

Furthermore, a number of additional benefits are available to IDNYC cardholders including the opportunity to sign up for free one-year memberships at 33 of the city’s leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens. The IDNYC card offers a full package of exciting benefits that includes discounts on movie tickets, prescription drugs, fitness and health centers, supermarkets, and New York City attractions. The card is also accepted at a number of banks and credit unions in the city to open a bank account.


The IDNYC card is now available at Enrollment Centers across all five boroughs. You can also use ourmap to get directions to your nearest Enrollment Center.


The City will protect the confidentiality of all Municipal ID Card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by applicable federal and state law, and in accordance with Local Law 35.

In addition, the City will not ask applicants for information about their immigration status for purposes of obtaining the card in accordance with Executive Orders 34 and 41.


The IDNYC program’s goal is to ensure that neither language nor disability is a barrier to accessing services, regardless of the level of their English proficiency or disability.


Adriano Espaillat

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