The city of Philadelphia has launched a new municipal identification program, PHL City ID.

Members of the public can now apply for and receive a PHL City ID card, which serves as an official government-issued photo ID, according to the City of Philadelphia's website. 

The PHL City ID provides a secure and affordable photo identification card for anyone living in Philadelphia, age 13 and older. It is especially beneficial for those who have a hard time obtaining other forms of identification because of cost or other barriers. The PHL City ID displays the cardholder’s name, address, date of birth and self-identified gender. It assigns a unique identification number to each Philadelphian and displays an issue and expiration date on the card. Each cardholder may include emergency contact information or medical conditions for safety purposes, space permitting. The ID is valid for five years from the date of issuance for adults and three years for youth, age 13-18.

“At its heart, creating our own municipal ID card has always been about allowing more Philadelphia residents to fully enjoy all that our city has to offer,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Not only does the PHL City ID give more Philadelphians access to the facilities and services they need, it also encourages cardholders to engage with our local cultural institutions, recreational activities and businesses.”

Residents can use the PHL City ID as identification within Philadelphia; to sign in to schools and city buildings; to access recreation centers; to interact with local law enforcement officials; and for other situations where identification may be required. Cardholders also have the option to get a new library card number or link an existing one to their PHL City ID so that it functions as a library card. The card does not authorize anyone to drive, travel, or enter federal buildings.

“Photo IDs are an essential part of modern life, from borrowing a library book to checking in at the emergency room,” said Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. “PHL City ID will unlock doors so that all Philadelphians can fully participate in our city’s vibrant economic and civic life.”

“We have taken great care to ensure that the PHL City ID is both accessible and secure,” said Joanna Otero-Cruz, Deputy Managing Director for Community Services. “Our team has reduced barriers that often prevent people from obtaining government identification by keeping costs low and accepting a wide range of documents from applicants. At the same time, we have ensured the security of PHL City ID cards to prevent duplication and provide reassurance to partners who will now accept this ID.”

For more information, visit the City of Philadelphia's website.