All New York City residents, ages 10 and up, can apply for an IDNYC - a government-issued identification card. Immigration status does not matter. Launched in 2015, IDNYC is the largest and most successful municipal ID program program in the country.
If you are at least 14 years old, you can start your application online and schedule an appointment to complete it in person at an IDNYC Enrollment Center or an IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center, where you will present proof of identity and New York City residency. Many types of documents are accepted, all of which are listed on the Document Calculator. After you submit your application, if your application is approved your card will be sent to you in the mail.
Applicants ages 10-13 and other applicants requiring a caretaker can schedule an appointment at an Enrollment Center to apply.
The IDNYC card is free for all New Yorkers. Cards are valid for five years from the date the application is approved for cardholders 16 an older, and for two years for cardholders under the age of 16. The application process is accessible to people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities. The application materials and benefits guide are available in multiple languages.
The program is accepting renewal applications for cardholders whose IDNYC card has expired. Check your card's expiration date on the front of your card to find out when you need to renew. You many renew your card starting 90 days before it expires, and up to 1 year after it expires. If your card expired more than 1 year ago, you will need to apply for a new IDNYC card at an IDNYC Enrollment Center. Learn how to renew your card by visiting our How to Renew page.
Your IDNYC card is an accessible and secure document that enables you to access City services and enter 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.
IDNYC cards can be used as library cards in the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library 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 to your library accout or sign up for a new library account and use your IDNYC card as your library card. You will only be able to use your IDNYC card as a library card in a library system where you have an account and where you have integrated your IDNYC card with your library account.
Furthermore, a number of additional benefits are available to IDNYC cardholders including the opportunity to sign up for free or reduced admission and other benefits at over 50 of the city's museums, zoos, and botanical gardens. IDNYC offers a growing listof exciting benefits that include discounts on prescription drugs, fitness and health centers, groceries, and New York City attractions.
For information about the benefits of the IDNYC Veteran Designation, visit the veteran designation page.
The City protects the confidentiality of all IDNYC applicants and cardholders 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 by visiting the privacy and confidentiality page.
The IDNYC program's goal is to ensure that neither language nor disability is a barrier to accessing services, regardless of the level of English proficiency or disability.
Applications are available in 35 languages and there are people at the Enrollment Centers or on the phone who can speak to applicants in their preferred language.
All permanent Enrollment Centers are wheelchair accessible and have at least one accessible counter for ease of access. They are all equipped with an audio induction loop system for applicants who are hard of hearing and offer sign language interpretation for individuals that require it. See FAQ Number 7 for more info on requesting sign language interpretation. Further, all centers have Braille applications and can print large materials on demand. All IDNYC staff is trained to provide reasonable accomidations upon request.
Applicants who have disabilities (physical, cognitive, or developmental) can apply with a caretaker if they do not have a photo ID or a proof of residency document in their own name. For more information, please see FAQ Number 20
For more information, please see the FAQs or call 311. If in need of sign language interpretation for speaking with 311, please call the New York Relay Service at 711 and ask to be connected to NYC 311 at 212-NEW-YORK (212-638-9675).