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Detroit to launch municipal ID program Wednesday

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

The city on Wednesday is set to launch a municipal ID card program for residents who may be reluctant or ineligible to apply for a state identification card or driver’s license but want access to services.

The “Detroit ID” will be available for city residents ages 14 and up, regardless of immigration or housing status, criminal record or gender identification, according to the city.

Mayor Mike Duggan will join Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, who spearheaded the ordinance, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for a news conference at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to kick off the launch.

Detroit’s City Council signed off on the creation of the program in May to provide the homeless, senior citizens, immigrants and others with additional means to access city programs, services and activities and provide identification to law enforcement.

A municipal ID does not replace a driver’s license or state ID card, , but it will be recognized by many city departments and agencies as a form of identification.

Each card will be valid for up to two years and requires renewal. Application fees are not to exceed $25. The fee for minors, those 14-17 years old, will not be more than $10, according to the statute.

They will display each card holder’s name and photograph, address, date of birth, signature, identification card number and an expiration date, according to the ordinance.

To obtain the card, individuals must prove identity and residency, using foreign or U.S. passports, state, veteran or employee ID cards and visas, homeless database information, educational institutions, state prisoner information cards, Social Service agency identification or bank records.

To verify residency, applicants can provide utility or credit card statements, unexpired housing lease or rental agreements, vehicle titles, insurance policies, letters from religious, social service or domestic violence groups, and medical records.

The program, modeled after a similar effort in Washtenaw County, will be administered by the Immigrant Affairs Office.