The City of Newark officially announced its new municipal ID card program.
According to a release, the cards will be especially useful for marginalized people in the community, such as those with disabilities, youth, seniors, clergy, formerly-incarcerated individuals, the homeless, immigrants and transgender people.
The Newark Municipal ID cards will begin as a pilot program on July 1 and then open citywide on August 1.
According to the City of Newark Press Office, the cards will:
- Serve as proof of identity and proof of residency regardless of immigration status
- Provide access to cultural institutions and schools and within the City
Help residents who do not have access to other forms of identification to interact with city agencies, local authorities and open bank accounts