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If you live in New York City, you can apply for a NYC ID! This government-issued photo identification card is FREE and will not only serve as a form of ID, but will also give you access to entertainment discounts and free one-year memberships to many of NYC's museums, zoos, and concert halls.


“The NYPD accepts the city’s IDNYC as a valid and recognized form of government-issued identification including for issuance of summonses and Desk Appearance Tickets.” – More information on NYPD Policy on Immigration Status.

How To Apply

Apply Online

Visit IDNYC and select “Apply for an IDNYC Card”.

The online application includes the following steps:

  • Complete the application form
  • Select the documents which you will show in support of your application as proof of identity (i.e. passport) and residency (i.e. utility bill, lease)
  • Schedule your enrollment center appointment
  • Review your information and provide electronic signature

**Applications must be completed at an enrollment center within 30 days of submitting the online application**

Apply In Person

Non-NYC Residents

New York State Residents

Visit the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (NY DMV) to apply for a New York driver’s license or New York non-driver ID card.

New Jersey Residents

Visit the New Jersey Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) to apply for a New Jersey driver’s license or New Jersey non-driver ID card.