1. Who can get an IDNYC card?
2. What are the benefits of getting the card?
3. Where and how can I get an IDNYC card?
4. Do I have to schedule an appointment?
5. If I don't speak English, will there be someone who can help me in my language?
7. Will the Centers be accessible to people with disabilities?
8. If, due to a disability, I am unable to travel to an IDNYC enrollment center, how can I apply for my IDNYC card?
9. How much will the IDNYC card cost?
10. Does my immigration status affect my eligibility to get an IDNYC?
11. Am I eligible for the card if I am on parole, on probation, or I have any pending charges or involvement with the criminal justice system?
12. Is there an age requirement to be eligible for the card?
13. What information will be on the IDNYC card?
14. Are foreign diplomats and their family members living in New York City eligible to apply for an IDNYC card?
15. How long is the IDNYC card valid for?
16. Is a stepparent eligible to be the caretaker for an applicant age 14-21?
17. What type of documents can I use to prove my residency and identity?
18. How will I know which documents I need?
19. If an applicant is over the age of 21, disabled (physically, intellectually, or developmentally), and doesn’t have a photo ID or a proof of residency, can they apply with a caretaker?
Yes, regardless of age, applicants with disabilities who lack photo identification or proof of residency may apply if accompanied by a caretaker who can demonstrate proof of a relationship to the applicant. Eligible caretakers for an applicant over the age of 21 are:
20. What happens to my information and documents after I provide them for my IDNYC card?
21. How can I sign up to be an organ donor?
22. How will the City protect my personal identity and residency information?
23. How will I receive the card?
24. Can I use a residency document that has my spouse or domestic partner’s name on it instead of my own?
25. What is the point value of a New York State DMV interim Driver’s License/Learner’s Permit and an NYS DMV interim Identification card?
The NYS DMV Interim Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or Non-Driver ID is worth two (2) points of ID and can be used to prove date of birth. It also provides (1) point of proof of residency, if it bears the applicant’s current address.
In addition, if an applicant’s NYS DMV Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or Non-Driver ID has expired, it is worth the full four (4) points if presented along with an unexpired NYS DMV interim Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or Non-Driver ID, bearing the same identification number and the applicant’s current address.
26. How will I be notified if I am denied an IDNYC card?
27. What do I do if my card is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed?
28. Am I eligible for a Hardship Waiver for my replacement card?
29. What if I change my name or address?
30. I am transgender and I want my chosen name to appear on my IDNYC card. What should I do?
The IDNYC card will include the name that is listed on your "proof of identity" documents (such as your passport, driver license, birth certificate, consular ID, etc.) unless you also present a court-ordered name change order with your chosen name.
If you use a chosen name other than the name listed on your “proof of identity” documents and you would like your chosen name to be listed on your IDNYC card, then you must first obtain a legal name change ordered by a court. More information is available at http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/civil/namechanges.shtml.
If you are transgender and need legal assistance with a legal name change, or if you have questions related to name changes for undocumented immigrants, you can contact the following organizations:
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), LGBTQ Law Project
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Make the Road New York, LGBTQ Justice Project
City Bar Justice Center, LGBT Advocacy Project
Phone: (212) 382-6759
Address: 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Name Change Project
31. What if I have more than one variation of my name on my documents?
An applicant who presents documents with non-identical names may still apply for the IDNYC card as long as the names are consistent across all of the documents. On the IDNYC application the applicant must use the full name exactly as it appears on the identity document with the highest point value.
In the event that an applicant presents two (2) documents of equal point value the applicant must use the full name listed on the identity document that includes a photo.
32. What if the names on my documents are not identical or consistent?
If the names on your identity or residency documents are diffferent because your name has been legally changed (for example, through marriage, divorce or a court-ordered change) you will need to present an additional document proving that your name has been legally changed. This additional document can be either:
33. How will I be able to take advantage of the memberships at museums, zoos, concert halls, botanical gardens, and other cultural institutions?
34. My IDNYC card was issued in 2015 (expires in the year 2020). What benefits am I still eligible for?
If your card was issued in 2015 you are eligible for ALL of the card’s benefits except for the free membership benefits to some of the museums and cultural institutions. Visit the Museum and Cultural Institutions page to see the list of museums and cultural institutions offering free membership benefits to 2015 cardholders.
35. How do I know when my card was issued?
Your date of issue is exactly five years before the expiration date on the face of the card. If your card expires on July 3, 2020, it was issued on July 3, 2015. If it expires on February 14, 2021, it was issued on February 14, 2016.
36. What can I not do with my card?
37. What if I see an unauthorized sale of the IDNYC card?
38. What is the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and how does it affect IDNYC?
39. How do I learn about other City services I am eligible for?
ACCESS NYC is a website that allows New Yorkers to screen for eligibility for over 31 City, State, and Federal benefit programs in seven languages. Residents can learn how to apply, print out application forms, and determine agency locations where they can go to directly apply for services. ACCESS NYC provides online applications for benefits including the rent increase exemption programs (SCRIE and DRIE), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For more information, click here.
40. Does my discharge status affect my eligibility for the IDNYC Veteran Designation?
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. For more information on the IDNYC Veteran’s Designation, click here.