Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.56.01 PMNew 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.


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, all of which are listed here. 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.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.55.27 PMUSING YOUR IDNYC CARD:

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.

For information about the benefits of the IDNYC Veteran Designation, click here.


The IDNYC card is now available at Enrollment Centers across all five boroughs. You can also use our map 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.

You can learn more about how your information will be protected by the City here.


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. Click here to read the IDNYC Language and Disability Access Plan.

Your IDNYC card is a broadly accepted, official form of identification. IDNYC is accepted:

Your IDNYC also card offers a wide variety of exciting benefits that make it more than just an ID card. Your card can help you experience everything New York has to offer.

Museums and Cultural Institutions

With your IDNYC Card you are eligible for a one-year free membership package at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including world class museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, botanical gardens, and zoos in all five boroughs. These membership packages are comparable to each institution’s standard one-year membership package and will give IDNYC card holders a range of benefits including free or discounted admission, access to special events, and discounts to museum shops and neighborhood businesses. For more information, click here.


You will be able to use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York. The card can be integrated with your account at the New YorkBrooklyn, and Queens Public Library Systems. For more information, including links to help you find a library branch near you, click here click here.

Banks and Credit Unions

With your new IDNYC Card, you will be able to open a bank or credit account at more than a dozen financial institutions across New York City. Click here to find more information about the banks that accept the IDNYC card for proof of identity when opening an account.

Entertainment Discounts

The IDNYC card offers you exclusive discounts on movie tickets, Broadway shows, sporting events, theme parks, and New York City landmarks and attractions.  For more information, click here.

Prescription Drug Discounts

BigAppleRx is the City of New York’s official prescription drug discount card, and you can now you get these discounts with your IDNYC card. Click herefind out how.

Fitness and Health Centers

These benefits will help you lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

New York City Parks Department – Adults age 25-61 receive a 10% discount off annual and six-month NYC Parks Recreation Center memberships at any of Parks’ 35 neighborhood recreation centers. For more information, click here.

YMCA – With your IDNYC card, you will receive access to Y Roads young adult centers and New Americans Welcome Centers, which offer adult literacy programs. You will also receive 20% off of family memberships at all 22 YMCA centers citywide. Click here for more information.

Supermarket Discounts at Food Bazaar

You will receive a 5% discount off all purchases at Food Bazaar supermarkets in New York City on weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Some exclusions apply. For more information, click here.

New York City Attractions with New York Pass

Your IDNYC card entitles you to a 25% discount on New York Pass, a citywide pass to 83 tourist attractions in all five boroughs. For more information, click here.

Veteran Designation Benefits

In addition to the robust and exciting benefits package that comes with being an IDNYC cardholder, Veterans receive additional exclusive benefits with the Veterans Designation, including free one-year membership at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; easy access to veteran-specific job placement and entrepreneurship services at the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), including Workforce 1 and the Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Program; discounted membership in Veterans Advantage, which offers military discounts from national retailers and travel providers, including Amtrak, United, JetBlue, Greyhound, CVS, Office Depot, Foot Locker, and more; and discounts at businesses affiliated with the  Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens VETS Program.  To learn more about the IDNYC Veteran Designation, click here.

To apply for your IDNYC card, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Confirm you have the correct documents to apply. The IDNYC program uses a point system to determine if applicants are able to prove identity and residency in New York City. You will need three points worth of documents to prove your identity and a one point document to prove your residency. All applicants applying independently must provide photo identification and a document with your date of birth listed. The IDNYC program accepts more than 65 categories of different documents, so to determine what documents you can submit, use the IDNYC Document Calculator.
    If you are also applying for the IDNYC U.S. Veteran Designation, you will need one additional document to prove your veteran status. Consistent with the City of New York’s definition of veteran status, the IDNYC Veteran Designation is available to all veterans who have served in the active military service of the United States and who have been released from such service otherwise than by dishonorable discharge.  Click here for the list of the documents IDNYC accepts.
  2. Applications will be available at the Enrollment CentersApplications are available in more than 25 languages.
  3. Find an enrollment center near you. There are enrollment centers across the City. See the full list of enrollment centers or go to the IDNYC map in order to find directions to the nearest enrollment center. You must apply for your card at an enrollment center with an appointment. HRA will not accept any applications by mail and HRA will not be responsible for any documentation submitted by mail.
  4. The Enrollment Process: When you visit an enrollment center, you will be asked to submit your application and documents proving identity and residency. Your photo will be taken that will be included on the card. All of your original documents will be returned to you immediately when the enrollment process is complete. Your IDNYC card will be mailed to your home in 10-14 business days. If you do not have an address or have security concerns about an address appearing on your IDNYC card, you will be able to pick up your card at the Enrollment Center where you applied 15 business days later.

We are currently requiring appointments to apply for an IDNYC card. Appointments will last approximately 20 minutes. Please click on the Book Now button below and follow these easy steps to make an appointment, reschedule your appointment, or cancel your appointment.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and require an American Sign Language interpreter during your appointment, please refer to this page.

Book an appointment 

  1. Select Service – You may choose either “New Applicant,” if this is your first time applying or if you need to update card information, or “Application Denied – 2nd Submission” if you have been denied a card and need to apply again.
  2. Select Site – Choose the Enrollment Center where you wish to apply. You can use our map to find the Enrollment Center closest to you.
  3. Select Date – Select a date and time from the calendar for your appointment. Only available dates and times at the selected Enrollment Center will appear. If a time slot does not appear to be available, the Enrollment Center may be closed on that date or all of the appointments for that date are already taken. You can try choosing a different Enrollment Center to see if the time slots there work for you.
  4. Select Time – Once you have found an available time that works for you, please click “Book it” to select that time slot.
  5. Select/Enter Other Information – The only information required is your first name and your last name. Email address, Contact number, and Affiliation are all optional. If you would like to receive a confirmation email upon finishing scheduling your appointment, you must enter an email address.
You can now manage your appointment. This includes the ability to confirm, reschedule, and cancel your appointment. You will need to enter your first namelast name, and your confirmation number to manage your appointment. Just use the Manage My Appointment tab at the top of the page.

Where to go in Manhattan

East Harlem IDNYC Center
162 ½  East 104 Street
New York, NY 10029
Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, in observance of Election Day

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 – 5:00pm
Closed Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, in observance of Election Day

Manhattan Business Center – DOF
66 John St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
(at John St and William St)
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Closed Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, in observance of Election Day

Mid-Manhattan Library – NYPL
455 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
(at E 40th St and 5th Ave)
Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sat, Sun: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Closed Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, in observance of Election Day

Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union
1112 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10032
(at W 166th St and St. Nicholas Ave)
Mon, Tue, Fri: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wed: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Thu: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Closed Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, in observance of Election Day