Your IDNYC card is a broadly accepted, official form of identification. IDNYC is accepted:

  • By City agencies to access many services and programs;
  • By NYPD for the purposes of issuing summons or desk appearance tickets instead of arrest;
  • For entry into public buildings, like schools;
  • For taking the high school equivalency exam in New York City;
  • By employers, when submitted with proof of work authorization.

Your IDNYC card also offers a wide variety of exciting benefits that make it more than just an ID card. Your card can help you experience everything New York has to offer.

For your convenience, we have included information from our benefit providers. For the most accurate and up-to-date information about these benefits or if you have any questions about accessing them, please contact the organizations listed below. IDNYC is not responsible for determining your access to these benefits.

IDNYC Benefits Guide

The IDNYC Benefits Guide is a multilingual brochure that provides an overview of the key benefits associated with the IDNYC card in English, Spanish (Español), Chinese (简化字), and Russian (Русский язык). Additional translations of the Benefits Guide can be found below.

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Latest IDNYC Benefits

We're always working to make IDNYC better. Visit the Latest IDNYC Benefits page to find out more about the newest IDNYC card benefits below.

  • The Africa Center
  • Costco
  • The Juilliard School
  • The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
  • National Sawdust
  • The Shed
  • Wollman Rink NYC

Museums and Cultural Institutions

IDNYC cardholders are now eligible for free one-year memberships at over 35 participating institutions in 2022. Visit the Museums and Cultural Institutions page to find out more about the Museums and Cultural Institutions.

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Apollo Theater
  • BRIC
  • Bronx County Historical Society
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Central Park Zoo (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • China Institute
  • The Drawing Center
  • Film Forum
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • The Juilliard School
  • King Manor
  • Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Museum at Eldridge Street
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Sawdust
  • New York Aquarium (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York City Center
  • MoMA PS1
  • Park Avenue Armory
  • Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
  • Prospect Park Zoo (enrollment is only available at the Bronx Zoo)
  • The Public Theater
  • Queens Museum
  • The Shed
  • The Signature Theatre
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
  • St. George Theatre
  • Staten Island Museum
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Symphony Space
  • Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo

Banks and Credit Unions

With your IDNYC Card, you can open a bank or credit union account at one of several financial institutions across New York City. Visit the Banks and Credit Unions page to find out more about the Banks and Credit Unions below.

  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Carver Federal Savings Bank
  • EastWest Bank
  • First Republic Bank
  • Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union
  • Melrose Credit Union
  • Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Spring Bank
  • University Settlement Federal Credit Union
  • Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union

Entertainment Discounts

With your IDNYC card, you will have access to exclusive entertainment discounts in New York City and nationwide. Visit the Entertainment Discounts page to find out more about the Entertainment Discounts below.

  • IDNYC Entertainment Deals
  • Entertainment Cruises
  • SoHo Playhouse
  • Chelsea Film Festival (CFF)
  • The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
  • Sporting Events: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey
  • The Sullivan Event Center


Your IDNYC is the only ID card you need for affordable housing through NYC Housing Connect. With IDNYC, you don't need a driver’s license, social security card or birth certificate to be eligible for housing on Housing Connect. Visit the Housing page to learn more.


With your IDNYC card you can access benefits to help you stay healthy! Visit the Health page to find out more about the IDNYC card health benefits listed below.

  • Prescription Drug Discounts
  • BigAppleRx
  • NYC Vaccine Records
  • NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H)


With your IDNYC card, you can stay fit in every borough. Visit the Fitness page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Aviator Sports and Events Center
  • Chelsea Piers: Sky Rink and Golf Club
  • Bike New York
  • Blink Fitness
  • New York City Parks Department
  • New York City's YMCA
  • Citi Bike
  • New York Road Runners
  • Ballet School NY

Sporting Events

With your IDNYC card, you can get discounts on the hottest sporting events with discounts. Visit the Sporting Events page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment
  • New York City Football Club
  • IDNYC Entertainment Deals


With your IDNYC card, you can travel across all five boroughs! Visit the Transportation page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Zipcar
  • Citibike


With your IDNYC card, you and your kids can learn just about anything with discounted classes. Visit the Education page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • KidPass
  • Arts and Culture
  • Libraries

Teens & Young Adults

Use your IDNYC card to enjoy your city! Visit the Teens & Young Adults page to learn more about the benefits listed below.

  • Sporting Events: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey
  • Entertainment Benefits
  • Fitness Benefits
  • Arts and Culture
  • Libraries


You can use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York City. Visit the Libraries page to learn more about each library below.

  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • New York Public Library
  • Queens Library

The IDNYC U.S. Veteran Designation

If you are a U.S. Veteran you can have "Veteran" printed on the front of your IDNYC card. Visit the IDNYC U.S. Veteran Designation page to learn more about the organizations below that accept the designation as proof of veteran status.

  • Veteran-specific services at the NYC Department of Small Businesses Services
  • Discounts through the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens VETS Program
  • Free Veterans Advantage Digital Plan



You will receive a 5% discount off all purchases at Food Bazaar supermarkets in New York City on weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Some exclusions apply. To get the discount, simply show your IDNYC card at checkout.

Gifts and Sundries

Once Upon a Trinket

Once Upon A Trinket, a boutique located in Roscoe, NY sells vintage inspired, handmade and trendy jewelry as well as one-of-a-kind accessories and gifts. At Once Upon A Trinket, we believe that jewelry is history, telling its stories through the design and materials used. Once Upon A Trinket offers IDNYC cardholders a 20% discount on the purchase of one item. To take advantage of the discount, IDNYC cardholders must present their IDNYC card at the time of purchase.

Shop at Home

Supporting you through this challenging time is our top priority – that’s why we’ve recently expanded our offers, so you can save money on must-have products and services that we know are important to you and your family right now. Browse our Shop at Home deals and limited-time offers on the things you need most including:

  • Work from Home Essentials
  • Streaming Services: Disney+, Showtime, More
  • Education & Enrichment: Language Learning, Audiobooks & More
  • Health & Wellness
  • Home Office: Electronics, Laptops, More
  • Insurance, Home Security & Protection
  • Food & Beverages
  • Discount Club Membership
  • Online Shopping: Walmart, Walgreens, Macy’s

Acceptance of Expired Cards

To minimize consequences for people who are unable to renew their cards during the pandemic and to ensure that New Yorkers continue to enjoy the peace of mind of having a government-issued ID, until further notice the NYPD will consider cards that expired on or after March 12, 2020, as a valid form of identification.

Many IDNYC benefit partners will also honor cards that expired after March 12, 2020. Cardholders are encouraged to contact individual benefit partners as hours of operation and acceptance of IDNYC to access benefits may have temporarily changed.

However, the following benefit partners and financial institutions have told IDNYC that, until further notice, they will continue to accept cards that expired on or after March 12, 2020, on the same terms as unexpired cards:

  • BigAppleRx pharmacy discount
  • Entertainment Benefits Group discounts/deals
  • Food Bazaar
  • Zipcar