NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer a municipal identification card to residents regardless of their immigration status.
The card, dubbed the New York City Identity Card, will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residency in the city. It is particularly aimed at groups that are currently unable to show a form of government identification required to do things such as cashing a check, signing a lease or even entering office buildings for job interviews or public schools for parent-teacher conferences.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, the cards will be available starting in 2015. The cards are aimed largely at helping the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in the city, and champions of the cards said they will also be of help to the elderly, the homeless and transgender people.