municipal ID

The undersigned community, labor, immigrant, civil rights, legal services, and economic justice organizations write to express our united and unqualified opposition to the administration’s plan to add financial technology and a host of integrations to NYC’s municipal identification (IDNYC) cards, which are held by more than 1.2 million New Yorkers.

New York Times — Nearly a year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed that a new municipal identification card would help thousands of New Yorkers “lead fuller lives, better lives, lives full of respect and recognition.” … But some of the biggest banks in the city — including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup — will not accept the cards as a primary source of identification, even though their federal regulators and some smaller banks have approved their use.

PIX11 News — It’s designed to help move out of the shadows at least a half million New Yorkers who, for whatever reason, don’t have formal I.D. cards. However, New York City municipal identity cards, which are widely expected to be approved by the city council on Thursday, still have some challenges to overcome before they end up in people’s wallets.

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