The City of Poughkeepsie will begin issuing municipal ID cards on Friday, June 7, a move designed to strengthen community relations, improve public safety and foster civic pride.
City officials believe municipal IDs will be particularly helpful for those who currently lack government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s license. Such barriers, according to the measure passed unanimously by the Common Council last year, leave “thousands of individuals — including immigrants, homeless people, transgender people, senior citizens, young people, and those who have been formerly incarcerated — without access to critical services, benefits, cultural, educational, and civic opportunities.”
City officials see a public-safety benefit to the ID
program as well. They note that residents who
cannot produce proof of identity are often reluctant to report crimes to the
police that they suffer or witness.
Businesses are also encouraged to offer discounts to city ID holders.
The cards include the person’s photograph, name, date of birth, address, ID card number, and card expiration date. They are available to residents 14 years of age and older and will be valid for four years. Municipal ID’s costs $10 for adults and $5 for those 14-17 years and seniors.
They are issued at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, on Monday and Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. People have to establish proof of identity and residency to obtain a card. Applications are available in English and Spanish.
More information can be found at this website, http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/municipalid