IDNYC card (212513)

IDNYC, New York’s municipal ID program, reaches more than 1 million cardholders across the five boroughs.

The program was created to give New Yorkers an easier and better way to access city government, to open a bank account, to explore the city’s remarkable cultural institutions and to have an ID recognized by local law enforcement.

To date, the program has more than 1,030,000 cardholders, and more than 500,000 cultural memberships have been redeemed at partner institutions across the five boroughs.

An independent evaluation of the IDNYC program found that more than half of IDNYC’s unique cardholders use the card as their primary form of identification and more than 75 percent of immigrants surveyed reported that the card increases their sense of belonging to the city.

In addition, two-thirds of seniors responded that they took advantage of IDNYC’s free and discount memberships to many of the city’s cultural institutions. IDNYC serves as a model for many municipal ID programs across the country, and as the program matures, it will continue to benefit a wide array of city residents.