Wednesday, January 16, 2019


IDNYC, which will continue to be free in 2019, is also adding new benefit partners, including Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and People’s United Bank

  Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced that transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming New Yorkers can now affirmatively select a gender identity that more closely reflects to how they identify or express their gender on their IDNYC. Since its launch in 2015, the IDNYC program has always let cardholders to self-designate their gender or choose not declare a gender. Current cardholders who want to change the gender designation on their IDNYC can do so at no cost.

IDNYC is also announcing today a number of new benefit partners, including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and a new financial institution partner, People’s United Bank. In addition, building upon previous work with NYC Health + Hospitals, cardholders can now link their IDNYC cards with their hospital/clinic registration records at all NYC Health + Hospitals facilities. Now in its fifth year, IDNYC is the largest and most successful municipal ID program in the country with over 1.25 million cardholders.

“In the fairest big city in America, we have a mandate to further our commitment to justice and access for all transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming New Yorkers,” said Mayor de Blasio. “With an IDNYC, more of our neighbors will be able to get the services they need, and take advantage of exclusive benefits and discounts to some of our City’s most iconic landmarks and institutions. We are sending a clear message that all New Yorkers, of all gender identities and expressions, belong and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

“Giving people the opportunity to indicate their gender expression is inclusive, affirming and the right thing to do.” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. "All New Yorkers should be valued and respected in their interactions with government. Dignity is central to the efforts of IDNYC.”

"It is great to see that the IDNYC card program in its fourth year will expand its benefits and will be more inclusive by adding the third gender category so every New Yorker can reflect their true selves," said Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “In today’s climate, this program is more important than ever and the Council is committed to its success.”

“Transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary New Yorkers are our neighbors and our coworkers and they should feel safe and validated in their interactions with local government,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phillip Thompson. “IDNYC is the key to the City, the one card that shows everyone that you are a New Yorker and one of the key programs of the de Blasio Administration to making sure every single community that calls our city home has equal access to benefits and services. I look forward to continue to work with this program to expand access to opportunities for vulnerable communities across the city.” 

The third gender option builds upon both IDNYC’s proud legacy of inclusion and the City’s reaffirmation of the rights of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming New Yorkers. Under the leadership of the Mayor and the City Council, New York City has joined progressive cities and states across the country—including California, Oregon, Washington State, and Washington, D.C.—in including a third gender option for official government documents. As of January 1, transgender and non-binary New Yorkers can amend their birth certificates to request and alternative option. From the start, IDNYC applicants and cardholders could choose to self-designate their gender as male or female, or to opt not to designate any gender, recognizing some New Yorker’s wish to not indicate their gender on their ID, their right not to identify with binary gender options. Following NYC law, applicants are not required to submit proof of gender identity when selecting, changing, or removing a gender designation. Now, IDNYC applicants and cardholders can affirmatively choose a third gender option, denoted as “X,” for their official municipal identification card.

Beginning in 2015, IDNYC partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals to serve as a registration card, helping improve patients’ experience with our public hospital system. Patients could link their IDNYC card number to their Health + Hospitals registration record to speed new patient registration and expedite the check-in process for medical visits; nearly 5,000 cardholders have taken advantage of this benefit already. Initially rolled out at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, as of the end of 2018 IDNYC numbers can be incorporated within the patient’s record at over 70 NYC Health + Hospitals locations—including hospitals, community health centers, and long-term care facilities—making it easy to access those records using the IDNYC number. This integration is just one example of how IDNYC helps New Yorkers access services and realize better outcomes.

IDNYC comes into 2019 with many new benefit partners. Cardholders can receive a 1-year free membership at 40 excellent cultural institutions across the five boroughs – including at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, IDNYC’s newest cultural institution partner.

IDNYC is also pleased to announce People’s United Bank as the newest financial institution partner. Alongside over a dozen other financial institutional partners, cardholders are now able to use their IDNYC card as primary ID to open a bank account with People’s United Bank, in addition to other required documentation. With 12 branches across the City, this partnership provides cardholders with greater access to financial services. This addition is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to increase financial access for all New Yorkers, particularly the unbanked and underbanked.

In addition, New Yorkers can use their IDNYC to obtain a variety of great discounts in health, entertainment and more. Below are IDNYC’s newest benefit partners:
·  Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge: 25% off rock climbing classes, including introductory and kids’ classes;
·   Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!): $5 discount on all BAAD! events and performances;
·   National Geographic Encounter: 25% on Daily Dive Time Reserved Entry tickets, plus 15% in the Encounter retail shop; and
·  TADA! Youth Theatre: 10% discount on all TADA! programming.

All city residents age 10 and above are eligible to apply for a municipal ID card, and enrollment is free for anyone who applies in 2019. All IDNYC applicants must demonstrate their identity and residency in New York City. The City will protect the confidentiality of all IDNYC card applications to the fullest extent of the law and will not ask applicants about their immigration status. For information on eligibility criteria, benefits, enrollment centers across the five boroughs, and more, applicants can visit or call 311.

For a full list of information on IDNYC benefits and effective dates for new discounts, please visit

A full list of IDNYC cultural institutional partners includes:
·         American Museum of Natural History
·         BRIC
·         Bronx County Historical Society
·         Bronx Museum of the Arts
·         BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
·         Brooklyn Children’s Museum
       Carnegie Hall
·         China Institute
·         The Drawing Center
·         Film Forum
·         Flushing Town Hall
·         International Print Center New York
·         Jacques Marchais Center for Tibetan Art
·         King Manor
·         Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
·         Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
·         Metropolitan Museum of Art
·         Metropolitan Opera
·         Museum at Eldridge Street
·         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
·         MoMA PS1
·         Park Avenue Armory
·         Pregones Theater
·         The Public Theater
·         Queens Museum
·         Queens Theatre
·         SculptureCenter
·         Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
·         St. George Theatre
·         Staten Island Museum
·         Studio Museum in Harlem
·         Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
·         Symphony Space
·         Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo
·         Central Park Zoo (enrollment required at the Bronx Zoo)
·         New York Aquarium (enrollment required at the Bronx Zoo)
·         Prospect Park Zoo (enrollment required at the Bronx Zoo)

“Every single New Yorker deserves to feel safe, and to be seen and respected,” said Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “We are proud that at the start of 2019, IDNYC now offers a gender option that acknowledges the gender spectrum and expands options for our transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming neighbors – at no cost or hassle. IDNYC is the key to the city for all New Yorkers, regardless of gender identity or immigration status.”

“New York City is once again taking a step forward to be a more inclusive city by including an additional gender designation for IDNYC,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks. “For transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming New Yorkers having a document that is consistent with their gender identity is not only a matter of semantics, it represents self-determination and safety from discrimination and harassment.”

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