MAYOR DE BLASIO AND SPEAKER MARK-VIVERITO ANNOUNCE IDNYC WILL REMAIN FREE IN THIRD YEAR
IDNYC enrollment centers will re-open across city, processing full applications
NEW YORK--Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced IDNYC will remain free in 2017, and is now processing full enrollments under a new policy that does not involve the retention of cardholders’ personal background documents. This year, IDNYC welcomes 10 new cultural partners offering free memberships. Cardholders will have access to free memberships at 38 of the City’s premiere cultural organizations. Every IDNYC cardholder can redeem a free membership at all 38 cultural benefit partners for 2017, regardless of the year their card was issued. IDNYC is a municipal ID card for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. To apply for an IDNYC, call 311 and say “IDNYC” or visit nyc.gov/idnyc.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “The IDNYC program started with the simple idea of bridging divides between the people and government, so that all New Yorkers have access to the resources they need to live full, productive lives here in NYC. We’re keeping IDNYC free in 2017, so that all city residents can feel confident interacting with the NYPD, entering their child’s school, obtaining City services, and so much more. I am excited that so many of our benefits partners are returning for 2017, and that we’ll be welcoming some great new institutions to the IDNYC family. With their partnership, we’re giving more New Yorkers access to culture, arts, fitness and a long list of enriching opportunities.”
“As we enter the third year of the largest, most successful municipal identification card program in the country, I’m thrilled that IDNYC will remain free and available to all New Yorkers,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “IDNYC is a safe, secure form of identification that makes it easy for residents to access City services, visit NYC’s premiere cultural institutions, obtain discounts on prescription medication and much, much more. I encourage all residents to join the nearly 1 million New Yorkers who are already cardholders to enroll in IDNYC and take advantage of all the benefits our program has to offer.”
“IDNYC cardholders can rest assured knowing that they will continue to receive the many benefits that IDNYC has to offer, at no additional cost. IDNYC was established to fight inequality by giving New Yorkers of all backgrounds access to the resources and services that make New York City the best in the world. We’ve never been more committed to upholding that mission and we’re so thrilled to welcome new partners that will help us carry it out in 2017,” said Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives.
“I am thrilled that IDNYC will remain free in our third year so that the card can remain truly accessible to all New Yorkers. The fact that 1 in 9 New Yorkers now has an IDNYC is a testament to the tremendous need for the program and to the pride that New Yorkers have for their city. If you haven’t gotten your card already, now is the time,” said Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal.
“IDNYC has become the most successful municipal ID program in the nation for one simple reason: it ensures that all those who call New York home, regardless of where they came from, have the same access to services and benefits this great city has to offer,” said Department of Social Service Commissioner Steven Banks.
Joining a diverse group of benefits partners, IDNYC welcomes ten new 2017 cultural institution partners including the Museum of Arts and Design, China Institute, The Drawing Center, Symphony Space, Museum at Eldridge Street, Film Forum, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, St. George Theatre, Center for Performance Research, Jacques Marchais Center for Tibetan Art.
Returning cultural benefits include free one-year memberships at 38 of the City’s premiere cultural organizations, including the Public Theater, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, Wave Hill, and more.
Every IDNYC cardholder can redeem free membership at all 38 cultural benefit partners for 2017, regardless of the year their card was issued. To be eligible, cardholders cannot have been a member at any particular institution in the last four years (since January 1, 2013). Cardholders would still be eligible for free IDNYC membership benefits at any other participating organization where they have not been a member within the last four years. For more information on benefit terms visit www.nyc.gov/idnyc/benefits.
All city residents age 14 and above are eligible to get a municipal ID card, and enrollment is free for anyone who applies in 2017. All IDNYC applicants must have documentation that proves identity and residency in New York City. The City will protect the confidentiality of all IDNYC card applications and will not ask applicants about their immigration status. For more information on eligibility criteria, benefits, enrollment centers across the five boroughs and more, applicants can visit nyc.gov/idnyc or call 311.
The full list of 2017 IDNYC cultural benefit partners includes:
American Museum of Natural History
Bronx County Historical Society
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Center for Performance Research
The Drawing Center
Flushing Town Hall
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
Jacques Marchais Center for Tibetan Art
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum at Eldridge Street
Museum of Art and Design
Museum of Chinese in America
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of the City of New York
New York Botanical Garden
New York City Ballet
New York City Center
Park Avenue Armory
Pregones Theater / Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
The Public Theater
St. George Theatre
Studio Museum in Harlem
Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
Wildlife Conservation Society
Central Park Zoo (enrollment at the Bronx Zoo)
Prospect Park Zoo (enrollment at the Bronx Zoo)
New York Aquarium (enrollment at the Bronx Zoo)
Additional benefit partners include:
Baruch Performing Arts Center
Chelsea Film Festival
Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment
New York City Football Club
Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York
New York Theatre Ballet and Ballet School
Entertainment Benefits Group
NYC Parks Department
Animal Care Centers of New York
Modell’s Sporting Goods
New York Road Runners
NYC Health + Hospitals
New York Public Library
Queens Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library