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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

A long-sought initiative that would provide municipal identification cards to all New Yorkers, including those without legal immigration status, has been approved by the New York City Council on June 26, 2014.
Undocumented immigrants could use the cards as proof of residence, and to check out library books, sign leases and open bank accounts, among other benefits.
New York City will launch the largest local ID program in the nation, which will also grant ID cards to transgender, homeless and elderly people who don’t have driver’s licenses. The ID will display the bearer’s name, picture, date of birth, and — as an option — their gender. Other cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New Haven have a similar program.

The cards will be accepted by city agencies, let parents enter school buildings and provide proof of identity for people stopped by police — which could mean the difference between spending a night in jail and being released.
Private institutions will not be legally required to accept the ID, but the city hopes banks and landlords will take it from people trying to open bank accounts or sign leases.
To get an ID, an applicant will have to prove his or her identity with documents such as a birth certificate or passport from any country, and prove they live in New York through utility bills, pay stubs or other documents. Other acceptable city residency documents include document stating the person has a child enrolled in public school and similar evidence of New York City residency.
Proof of identity includes a photo ID from another country, a foreign driver’s license, a passport, and similar documents.
The ID will display the bearer’s name, picture, date of birth, and — optionally — the gender they choose to list.
New York City is expected to launch this program which is the largest in the country in January of 2015 which will benefit an estimate of 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in the city.

Sources: New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, New York Daily News and Wall Street Journal
Attorney SID GARBANZOS is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. Practice areas include: Commercial Litigation, Landlord-Tenant, RN & Medical Profession License Defense and Immigration. Please note that this article is written for a gratuitous purpose only and no attorney-client relationship is created in this publication. This article is not, nor intended to be legal advice. The reader should consult with a reputable lawyer based on his or her individual circumstances. Please call Garbanzos Law Firm at (718)725-7324 if you have any questions about this article.

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