To further advance the City’s racial equity goals, the City is crafting a municipal identification card program for all of our residents, which gives us all an opportunity to show that we are One Minneapolis.
The municipal ID card will be available to residents ages 14 and up and will connect Minneapolis residents to services, programs, and benefits, regardless of immigration status, homelessness or gender identity. Minneapolis is excited to offer this benefit to our residents and join the cities of Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Detroit, and Northfield, MN that are already implementing municipal IDs.
Why Municipal ID
- The Municipal ID card will enhance public safety by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with the Minneapolis Police Department.
- As a government-issued photo identification card, the Minneapolis municipal ID will help provide the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having a recognized form of identification. Cardholders will be able to access services and programs offered by the City as well as by other partners or businesses.
- The City is also considering partnerships with other institutions to establish other benefits for cardholders. For example, we are exploring a partnership with Hennepin County so that the card can be recognized as a library card.
- While the card will be useful to many in a variety of ways, it won’t take the place of a drivers’ license, serve as a form of voter identification, or grant the ability to obtain government support benefits such as the Federal SNAP food program or Hennepin County Economic Assistance.
Timeframe and Implementation
We anticipate that Minneapolis residents will be able to obtain the card in early 2019. The City has an established internal workgroup led by NCR's Mariano Espinoza to create the program and work through the logistics of issuing the card. City Council is currently reviewing a draft ordinance to establish the municipal ID, with Council Member Cano as lead author. In 2018, the draft will be brought forward to the full Council for approval.
Details that we are finalizing right now include the system we will use to offer the program and the preliminary budget costs. Additionally, we are exploring how residents will access the program, creating both an in-person and an online application process, and how the program will be promoted to all residents.
Throughout this ideation process, the City has kept the concern regarding the privacy of residents’ personal data at the forefront of our decision-making. After conducting research and meeting with partners, we believe having a card issued by City institutions—as opposed to involving a third party—will be the most effective way to safeguard personal data.
Last updated Jun 22, 2018