Municipal ID

What is a Municipal ID Card?
In the United States, a city (or municipal) identification card is a form of identification card issued by a municipality, such as a city, rather than a state or federal government. Under federal law, cities may issue their own identification cards as they see fit, and do not have to consider the immigration or criminal status of an applicant before doing so.
Six Proposals for Protecting Public Safety and Improving Relationships Between Immigrant Communities and the City of New Haven

What is a Texas ID Card?
“To apply for your first Texas ID card, you must do the following:
Gather documents that verify your identity, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, Social Security Number and Texas residency. Complete the application. (This form is also available at all driver license offices.)
Apply in person at any driver license office and bring the required documents and fees”
Texas Department of Public Safety – Identification Card


  • Allow U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrants to use the municipal id
  • Allow U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to use the municipal id
  • Allow U.S. citizens to use the municipal id
  • Minimum age to use a municipal id is 14 (similar to other major US cities)
  • Use billboards, local tv and radio to promote municipal id
  • Explore the possibility of different municipal id costs for youth and adults

Huffinton Post – Other Cities Should Follow NYC Municipal Identification Card Program

Al Jazeera – Big demand for NYC municipal ID cards

Los Angeles Times – L.A. council approves ID cards for city residents

San Francisco Gate – Hundreds wait for hours to buy S.F. ID card

NJ – Newark officials kick off municipal ID program

NJ – 9,600 and counting: Newark expands municipal ID program

Municipal ID cards as a local strategy to promote belonging and shared community identity.

Houston Public Media – Labor Union Seeks Municipal ID From The City Of Houston

Oakland soon will issue municipal ID cards

How Municipal ID Cards Make Cities More Inclusive

L.A. Moves Forward With Its Own Immigration Reform

The Atlantic – If You Want More Jobs, You Should Want More Immigrants

New York City’s Municipal ID Will Do Double Duty as a Library Card

Municipal IDs Could Open Doors to Banking

The Guardian – Undocumented immigrants in New York get ID cards to open bank accounts

Oakland’s Debit-ID Cards That Aim to Help Un banked, Immigrants Catching On

Municipal IDs and State and Local Measures to Regularize the Lives of the Unauthorized

New York Times – Elm City Resident Card – New Haven, Connecticut

New York Times – In Trenton, Issuing IDs for Illegal Immigrants

Council approves municipal ID cards for Richmond

$8.4M Muni ID Program Budget Includes $1.8M for Advertising

NBC News – Phoenix Moves Closer to Issuing Municipal ID Cards

USA Today – Latinos in Dover celebrate municipal ID ordinance

In nod to immigrants, Paterson adopts creation of municipal ID card program

Next City – NYC Is Making Municipal ID More Powerful

Detroit Free Press – Detroit council approves creating municipal ID cards

Philadelphia Councilwoman introduces municipal ID bill

Campaign pushes Tucson ID for undocumented workers

Latinos in Dover celebrate municipal ID ordinance

Texas Tribune – El Paso ID Effort Could Force Local Control Showdown

The Atlantic – No Driver’s License, No Job

Reefer sanity: States abandon driver’s license suspensions for drug offenses

Boston Globe – New law eliminates license suspension for many drug crimes

New York Daily News – NYC municipal ID cards now come with perks, discounts for Nets, Islanders games at Barclays Center

Dallas may offer IDs for all residents, including unauthorized immigrants

%d bloggers like this: