Benefits

Benefits

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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.

  • Apollo Theater
  • Atlantic Theater
  • Costco
  • Funky Hippy Chic Boutique
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
  • National Sawdust
  • Once Upon a Trinket
  • The Shed
  • The Signature Theatre
  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • The Sullivan Hotel & Event Center

Museums and Cultural Institutions

IDNYC cardholders are now eligible for free one-year memberships at over 35 participating institutions in 2021. Visit the Museums and Cultural Institutions page to find out more about the Museums and Cultural Institutions.

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Apollo Theater
  • Atlantic Theater
  • BRIC
  • Bronx County Historical Society
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Central Park Zoo (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • China Institute
  • The Drawing Center
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • Film Forum
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • Jacques Marchais Center for Tibetan Art
  • The Juilliard School
  • King Manor
  • Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Museum at Eldridge Street
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Sawdust
  • New York Aquarium (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York City Center
  • MoMA PS1
  • Park Avenue Armory
  • Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
  • Prospect Park Zoo (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • Queens Museum
  • SculptureCenter
  • The Shed
  • The Signature Theatre
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • 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
  • USALLIANCE
  • 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
  • People's United Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Spring Bank
  • University Settlement Federal Credit Union
  • Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union

Costco

With the IDNYC card you will have access to exclusive discounts, including at Costco. IDNYC cardholders who sign up as new* Costco members through this offer will receive up to a $20 Costco Shop Card. 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 costco.com 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

Housing

Your IDNYC is the only ID card you need for affordable housing through NYC Housing Connect. With IDNYC, you don't need a driver’s license, social security card or birth certificate to be eligible for housing on Housing Connect. Visit the Housing page to learn more.

Health

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)
  • FOOD BAZAAR

Fitness

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
  • 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

Transportation

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

Education

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

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

Supermarkets

Costco

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 costco.com 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.

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. To get the discount, simply show your IDNYC card at checkout.

Gifts and Sundries

Funky Hippy Chic Boutique

Specializing in one of a kind, head turning style, Funky Hippy Chic Boutique specializes in unique clothing, jewelry and home goods from around the world. You will find handmade bags, silk scarves and journals from Nepal, India and Thailand, African mud cloths, mugs from Mexico, pottery from Morocco, original sculptures, tapestries and our exclusive Jousha Trees wood art centerpieces, Menorahs and lamps. We look forward to meeting you!

Present your IDNYC Card at Funky Hippy Chic Boutique and save 10% off in-store purchases. To take advantage of the discount, cardholders must present their IDNYC card at time of purchase. Open 12:00pm-6:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday; all other days by appointment only.

Once Upon a Trinket

Once Upon A Trinket, a boutique located in Roscoe, NY sells vintage inspired, handmade and trendy jewelry as well as one-of-a-kind accessories and gifts. At Once Upon A Trinket, we believe that jewelry is history, telling its stories through the design and materials used. Once Upon A Trinket offers IDNYC cardholders a 20% discount on the purchase of one item. To take advantage of the discount, IDNYC cardholders must present their IDNYC card at the time of purchase.

Shop at Home

Supporting you through this challenging time is our top priority – that’s why we’ve recently expanded our offers, so you can save money on must-have products and services that we know are important to you and your family right now. Browse our Shop at Home deals and limited-time offers on the things you need most including:

  • Work from Home Essentials
  • Streaming Services: Disney+, Showtime, More
  • Education & Enrichment: Language Learning, Audiobooks & More
  • Health & Wellness
  • Home Office: Electronics, Laptops, More
  • Insurance, Home Security & Protection
  • Food & Beverages
  • Discount Club Membership
  • Online Shopping: Walmart, Walgreens, Macy’s
In accordance with the Mayor’s Executive Order 98 issued on March 12, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19, IDNYC Enrollment Centers remain closed until further notice.

Acceptance of Expired Cards

To minimize consequences for people who are unable to renew their cards during the pandemic and to ensure that New Yorkers continue to enjoy the peace of mind of having a government-issued ID, until further notice the NYPD will consider cards that expired on or after March 12, 2020, as a valid form of identification.

Many IDNYC benefit partners will also honor cards that expired after March 12, 2020. Cardholders are encouraged to contact individual benefit partners as hours of operation and acceptance of IDNYC to access benefits may have temporarily changed.

However, the following benefit partners have told IDNYC that, until further notice, they will continue to accept cards that expired on or after March 12, 2020, on the same terms as unexpired cards:

  • Brooklyn, New York, and Queens Public Libraries
  • BigAppleRx pharmacy discount
  • Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union
  • CitiBike
  • Costco
  • Entertainment Benefits Group discounts/ deals
  • Food Bazaar
  • People's United Bank
  • Zipcar