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Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched the city's new municipal identification card for all New Yorkers.
The card, dubbed IDNYC, is aimed toward New Yorkers who do not currently have an ID, including the homeless and nearly 500,000 immigrants without legal documentation.
The mayor has touted many benefits of the card, such as free membership to cultural hot spots in all five boroughs, including the New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill and the Bronx Zoo.
The program also gives people access to other city programs, and will be recognized by police as a valid form of government-issued identification. Supporters say it will help undocumented residents, especially when it comes to signing a lease or opening a bank account.
The card will be available to anyone at least 14 years old who can prove their identity and New York City residency.
The launch brought lines of people to the Bronx Library Center, all with the hopes of applying for their ID cards. Some were even turned away due to the large response.
News 12 was told that applicants can expect their cards by mail within three weeks.