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In order to apply for your IDNYC card, you must have an IDNYC application. Applications are available at the IDNYC Enrollment Centers or you can print one out here. You cannot sign the application electronically. You must sign the application in handwriting.
The IDNYC Applicant Document Guide provides an overview of the documents that can be used to apply for the IDNYC card. The guide indicates each document's point value and the category that it proves, e.g., identity, residency, caretaker relationship, etc.
This document will be available in more languages soon, please continue to check this page for updates.
U.S. Veterans can have a special Veterans’ logo printed on the front of their IDNYC cards.
If you believe that your application was denied in error and you wish to request a secondary review of your application, please complete this form and submit it by mail to the IDNYC Program.
An applicant who does not have a stable home address, or who is a survivor of domestic violence, may prove residency by providing a letter from a City agency, nonprofit organization, religious institution, hospital, or health clinic, establishing that they live in New York City. If an applicant uses one of these letters, he or she will be eligible for an IDNYC card, but no address will appear on it.
Alternatively, a nonprofit organization or religious institution may provide a letter permitting an applicant to use the organization’s address as your "care-of" address, which will appear on the applicant’s card.
Letters for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Letters for Homeless Applicants
IDNYC also has proof of residency letters for students and parents/guardians of students attending a school located in New York City. These letters are provided below.
NYC DOE School Letters
Letters for all other Schools Located in New York City
An applicant who is unable to provide a residency document with their own name, may present a document with their spouse or domestic partner's name and either (1) a certificate of marriage, civil union or domestic partnership or (2) a child's birth certificate, demonstrating the applicant's relationship to the spouse or domestic partner. The applicant must also present an attestation form signed by the spouse or domestic partner stating that they reside together at the same address. The attestation form is provided below.
An applicant applying with a caretaker must provide at least 2 points proving identity, including date of birth. The applicant and caretaker must also provide proof of the caretaker relationship. The caretaker must provide at least 3 points proving his or her own identity, including photo identification. If the applicant is unable to provide a proof of residency document, the caretaker may establish their own proof of residency and provide an attestation that the applicant resides with them.
In order to apply with a caretaker an applicant must fall under one of the two following categories: (1) applicants age 14-21 and (2) applicants of any age who are disabled, either physically, intellectually, or developmentally. Below are the documents that an applicant can use to apply with a caretaker.
An applicant age 14 to 21 who does not have a photo ID or proof of residency will need a caretaker to come with them to an Enrollment Center. If the applicant cannot provide a proof of residency document, and lives with their caretaker, the caretaker can provide their own proof of residency and fill out an attestation form indicating that the applicant lives with them. The attestation form is provided below.
IDNYC also has a residency attestation form specifically for an applicant who is in the care of ACS or an ACS foster care agency. This form is provided below.
Regardless of age, an applicant, who is disabled (physically, intellectually, or developmentally), can apply with a caretaker if the applicant does not have his or her own photo ID or proof of residency. The caretaker will need to provide proof of the caretaker relationship and/or residency, using the letters listed below. Some of these letters require additional documentation, such as a proof of residency for either the caretaker or applicant. All of the letters below can be used for any applicant, regardless of age. For more details you can visit the IDNYC Document Calculator.
Caretaker Residency Attestation Form for an Applicant of any Age
Letter for Applicant Living in a Residential Caretaker Facility
Letter for Applicant who Receives Services from NYS OPWDD; NYS OMH; NYS DOH; NYC DOHMH or one of their Providers
Letter for on Organization Acting as the Social Security Representative Payee for an Applicant
The IDNYC Brochure is multilingual and has the basic information in English, Spanish (Español), Chinese (简化字), Russian (Русский язык), Haitian Kreole (Kreyòl ayisyen), Korean (한국어), and Bengali (বাংলা).
IDNYC Brochures are also available in the following languages:
IDNYC Benefits Guide
The 2016 IDNYC Benefits Guide is a multilingual brochure that provides an overview of the key benefits associated with the IDNYC card in English, Spanish (Español), Chinese (简化字), and Russian (Русский язык). The 2016 Benefits Guide will be available in additional languages shortly. Please continue to check this page for updates.
IDNYC Financial Brochure
This multi-language brochure explains the advantages of opening a bank or credit union account, and lists the financial institutions that accept IDNYC as primary identification when opening an account. The brochure is written in English, Spanish (Español), Chinese (简化字), Russian (Русский язык), Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen), Korean (한국어), and Arabic (العربية).