Council Approves Sharing IDNYC Application Info with City High School Students

Example of the IDNYC card. Image Credit: IDNYC.

On March 16, 2023, City Council passed Introduction No. 403A, sponsored by Council Member Rita C. Joseph. The law’s purpose is to require the Department of Education to distribute information about the IDNYC municipal identification program to every student from grades 9 through 12, at the start of each school year.

IDNYC is a free identification card that is available to all New York City residents who are 10 years old and up and regardless of immigration status. One benefit of the IDNYC card includes gaining access to city buildings, such as city hospitals, the public library, museums, and zoos through a free one-year membership. Another benefit of the IDNYC is access to health benefits including prescription medicine, fitness, and groceries. There are also discounts offered for various entertainment events throughout the boroughs, including movie theaters and Broadway shows. The card can also be used as identification when applying for City benefits like SNAP, cash assistance, and Section 8. To learn more about IDNYC and how to apply, click here.

The law was written in relation to increasing New York City’s community engagement and access to cultural experiences for students by giving students free access to the IDNYC card. The law was amended from prior versions to require the Department of Education to provide each student with an IDNYC application form, information about IDNYC eligibility requirements, the application process, information to prove identity and residency, and the relevant benefits and discounts provided to IDNYC users at the start of each school year. The New York City Department of Education stated that they “support goals of the law and look forward to working with the Council on it.” Supporters of the law also included the United Federation of Teachers, who testified in support of the law.

According to Council Member Joseph, the passing of the bill will “enhance students’ high school experience but also better prepare them for the transition into adulthood.”

The bill has since been sent to the Mayor’s Office for approval. If approved, the law will take effect 120 days after it becomes a law.

By: Erica DiPietro (Erica is a New York Law School student, Class of 2024.)

CC: Stated Meeting, Int. No. 403-A (March 16, 2023).




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