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New York City Launches Nation's Largest Municipal ID Card Program

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People wait in line to apply for municipal identification cards on the first day they are available at the Bronx Library Center, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in New York. The card, dubbed IDNYC, is aimed at those who don't currently have an ID. That includes the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city who live in the U.S. without legal documentation. The cards will be mailed to the recipients in three weeks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Mark Lennihan / AP

NEW YORK, NY -- Under the largest program of its kind in the country, a municipal ID card in New York City will permit about half a million immigrants without legal documentation to access key services such as library cards and be able to open bank accounts. It will also benefit the homeless and the elderly, say city officials.

"It's more than an ID card, it's an affirmation. You are a New Yorker," said New York's first Hispanic City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

City council member Julissa Ferreras said in an interview with Telemundo Channel 47 that individuals need to present certain documentation to prove they live in any of the city's 5 boroughs. This includes utility bills, high school diplomas or school registration. The cards, called IDNYC, will be available to anyone over 14 years old.

The card is not a driver's license and cannot be used as a federal ID.

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