During the April 21, 2020 City Commission meeting the City Commissioner Jack Porter made a motion that city staff formulate a proposal regarding a municipal issued identification card programs.
City Commissioners voted unanimously to support Porter’s motion.
Municipal Identification (ID) Cards are issued by local governments and typically allow access to county or city programs and discounted rates, also it may serve as an alternative to State ID cards or Driver’s Licenses.
According to the staff report some benefits of a Municipal ID Card Program includes, they may serve as a form of identity or residency, facilitates access to services or entry into buildings, may enable holders to open accounts with participating banks, promote civic engagement with local government, and may allow youth to access recreational and educational services.
Typically the programs require multiple forms of identification to apply and obtain the ID card. Some forms of identification needed may include a primary form of ID, such as a birth certificate or passport, proof of social security, and proof of residential address.
The report also included some examples of Municipal ID Card programs, such as in the City of Aventura, FL the Parks and Recreation Department offers an ID card that is free to residents. The ID card allows for residents to access and reserve parks and recreational facilities, services, and programs.
Palm Beach County offers an ID program that allows residents to access government services and avoid going to jail for minor offenses. Some cities within the County have begun accepting the County ID for city services and encourages service providers in the City to accept the ID cards, services such as credit unions and transit. In Palm Beach County, roughly 3,000 residents of 1,479,000 have acquired the ID card.