New York City’s latest star debuted at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library during the second week of January. “This I.D. addresses substantially the notion that we all matter and everyone has an identity,” Mr. de Blasio said during the card’s roll-out. The IDNYC card is available to anyone over the age of 14 who can prove that he or she lives in the five boroughs. The applicant will not be asked about his or her immigration status.
The speaker of the New York City Council, Ms. Mark-Viverito, said, “More than an I.D. card, it is an affirmation. It’s an affirmation that if you live here, if you pay taxes and if you send your kids to school here, you are a New Yorker… You are a New Yorker and it’s an affirmation that if you are trans, if you are homeless, if you are a senior, if you’re undocumented, if you’re a veteran, you are a New Yorker. And this is an I.D. card for all of them and all of us.”
A lot of New Yorkers heard this and learned about all the perks that come with the card and in the first days overwhelmed the enrollment centers.
The city is currently requiring appointments to apply for an IDNYC card. Appointments will last approximately 20 minutes. New Yorkers can make an appointment at the closest enrollment center by going online to NYC.gov/IDNYC or by calling 311.
City officials say more than 100,000 people have already gotten their cards or are waiting get them, and there is no sign of an enrollment slow down.
There are 12 enrollment centers, five are in public libraries.
IDNYC benefits, including:
Exclusive entertainment discounts on movie tickets, Broadway shows, sporting events, theme parks, and more with Entertainment Benefits Group.
- Free one-year membership packages at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including world class museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, botanical gardens, and zoos across the five boroughs.
- Access to all three of the city’s public library systems.
- A 10 percent discount off annual NYC Parks Recreation Center membership for adults age 25-61 and NYC Parks Department tennis permits.
- A 20 percent discount on family memberships at all 22 YMCA centers citywide.
- A free 30-day trial and fitness evaluation with a certified trainer at all New York Sports Club locations.
- A 5 percent discount off all purchases at Food Bazaar supermarkets in New York City Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 7 PM.
- A 25 percent discount on New York Pass, a citywide pass to 83 tourist attractions in all five boroughs.