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01/12/2015 10:41 am ET Updated Jan 14, 2015

New York Officially Launching Its Municipal ID Program

New York City is expected to formally launch its new municipal ID program on Monday, a step that will help the city's estimated half a million undocumented immigrants and others who have been unable to get the identification needed to access city services.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for the municipal ID cards last February, and the city council approved them in June.

"For New Yorkers who couldn’t have an official ID, this card is the key to a fuller life," de Blasio said in a statement, according to the New York Times.

The IDNYC cards won't be only for undocumented immigrants -- all New York residents can apply, so long as they are over the age of 14. Applicants must prove their identity and that they live in the city.

The IDs will be particularly beneficial for people who can't obtain driver's licenses or other identification. The card will be recognized as an ID to open an account at certain banks and credit unions, and allow the residents access to city buildings. The card can also be used for discounts on prescriptions and free membership to zoos, museums and the city's public libraries.

The IDs will not, however, grant state or federal benefits, or allow those who hold them to work legally.

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