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

  • By City agencies to access many services and programs;
  • By NYPD for the purposes of issuing summons or desk appearance tickets instead of arrest;
  • For entry into public buildings, like schools;
  • For taking the high school equivalency exam in New York City;
  • By employers, when submitted with proof of work authorization.

Your IDNYC card also 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.

For our cardholder's convenience we have included here information from our benefit providers. For the most accurate and up-to-date information about these benefits or if you have any questions about accessing them, please contact the organizations listed below. IDNYC is not responsible for determining your access to these benefits.

IDNYC Benefits Guide

The 2020 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). Additional translations of the 2020 Benefits Guide can be found below.

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Latest IDNYC Benefits

We're always working to make IDNYC better. Visit the Latest IDNYC Benefits page to find out more about the newest IDNYC card benefits below.

  • Atlantic Theater
  • Costco
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
  • The Signature Theatre
  • Sullivan Event Center

Museums and Cultural Institutions

IDNYC cardholders are now eligible for free one-year memberships at over 35 participating institutions in 2019. Visit the Museums and Cultural Institutions page to find out more about the Museums and Cultural Institutions.

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • BRIC
  • Bronx County Historical Society
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Center for Performance Research
  • Central Park Zoo (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • China Institute
  • The Drawing Center
  • Film Forum
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • International Print Center
  • Jacques Marchais Center for Tibetan Art
  • King Manor
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Museum at Eldridge Street
  • Museum of Arts and Design
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • New York Aquarium (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York City Center
  • MoMA PS1
  • Park Avenue Armory
  • Pregones Theater
  • Prospect Park Zoo (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • The Public Theater
  • Queens Museum
  • Queens Theatre
  • SculptureCenter
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
  • St. George Theatre
  • Staten Island Museum
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
  • Symphony Space
  • Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo

Banks and Credit Unions

With your IDNYC Card, you can open a bank or credit union account at one of several financial institutions across New York City. Visit the Banks and Credit Unions page to find out more about the Banks and Credit Unions below.

  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union
  • Carver Federal Savings Bank
  • EastWest Bank
  • First Republic Bank
  • Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union
  • Melrose Credit Union
  • Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Spring Bank
  • University Settlement Federal Credit Union
  • Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union


With the IDNYC ;card you will have access to exclusive discounts, including at Costco. IDNYC members who sign up as new* Costco members through this offer will receive coupons valued at over $60, including free items. To get these great discounts, simply visit our Costco Benefit page, use the unique ID number on the front of your card, and enter your first and last name. Your information will be verified and you will be sent to the Costco website to complete your registration.

*This only applies to new and lapsed memberships.

  • Membership Activation Certificates are not redeemable or refundable for cash or Merchandise nor is it a debit or credit card. Membership Activation Certificates must be redeemed at a Costco warehouse membership desk in the United States or Puerto Rico; they are not redeemable at or outside of the United States.

  • Membership Activation Certificates will not be replaced if lost, misplaced, destroyed or stolen. Membership Activation Certificates do not expire and there are no dormancy fees. Membership Activation Certificates cannot be used to purchase additional Membership Activation Certificates or Costco Cash Cards.

  • Costco reserves the right to refuse to honor the Membership Activation Card if Costco believes a Membership Activation Certificate has been obtained by fraud or theft.

  • These terms and conditions will govern the use of the Membership Activation Certificate by the purchaser/recipient and all subsequent known or unknown recipients or holders of the Membership Activation Certificate. Costco reserves the right to change or amend these terms in whole or in part at any time and will provide HRA written notice of such changes/amendments so that it may update the IDNYC website as necessary.

Entertainment Discounts

With your IDNYC card, you will have access to exclusive entertainment discounts in New York City and nationwide. Visit the Entertainment Discounts page to find out more about the Entertainment Discounts below.

  • IDNYC Entertainment Deals
  • Entertainment Cruises
  • SoHo Playhouse
  • Chelsea Film Festival (CFF)
  • Gulliver's Gate
  • Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
  • New Victory Theater
  • New York Theatre Ballet and Ballet School NY
  • Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York
  • The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
  • Sporting Events: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey
  • The Sullivan Event Center


With your IDNYC card you can access benefits to help you stay healthy! Visit the Health page to find out more about the IDNYC card health benefits listed below.

  • Prescription Drug Discounts
  • BigAppleRx
  • NYC Vaccine Records
  • NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H)


With your IDNYC card, you can stay fit in every borough. Visit the Fitness page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Aviator Sports and Events Center
  • Chelsea Piers: Sky Rink and Golf Club
  • Bike New York
  • New York City Parks Department
  • New York City's YMCA
  • Citi Bike
  • New York Road Runners
  • Modell's Sporting Goods
  • Ballet School NY

Sporting Events

With your IDNYC card, you can get discounts on the hottest sporting events with discounts. Visit the Sporting Events page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment
  • New York City Football Club
  • IDNYC Entertainment Deals
  • Modell's Sporting Goods


With your IDNYC card, you can travel across all five boroughs! Visit the Transportation page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Zipcar
  • Citibike


With your IDNYC card, you and your kids can learn just about anything with discounted classes. Visit the Education page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • KidPass
  • CourseHorse
  • Arts and Culture
  • Libraries

Teens & Young Adults

Use your IDNYC card to enjoy your city! Visit the Teens & Young Adults page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Sporting Events: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey
  • Entertainment Benefits
  • Fitness Benefits
  • Arts and Culture
  • Libraries


You can use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York City. Visit the Libraries page to learn more about each library below.

  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Queens Library
  • New York Public Library

The IDNYC U.S. Veteran Designation

If you are a U.S. Veteran you can have "Veteran" printed on the front of your IDNYC card. Visit the IDNYC U.S. Veteran Designation page to learn more about the organizations below that accept the designation as proof of veteran status.

  • Veteran-specific services at the NYC Department of Small Businesses Services
  • Discounts through the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens VETS Program
  • Free Veterans Advantage Digital Plan

Animal Care Centers of New York

IDNYC cardholders will receive $25 off adoption fees for cats, dogs and rabbits at the Animal Care Centers of New York. These fees normally range from $50-$100. ACC adoptions include vaccinations, a microchip, spay/neuter, a free office visit at a participating veterinarian and a free identification tag. Animals available for adoption can be viewed on their website, or on ACC's free mobile app (available on Google Play and iTunes).