PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor
Jorge O. Elorza today joined Department of Vital Records staff, Public Safety
officials, Latino Policy Director Gabriela Domenzain and community members at
City Hall to launch IDPVD, the City of Providence’s municipal identification card
program. IDPVD is available to all Providence residents ages 14 and older and
promotes community pride. The card serves as proof of identity and residency,
can be used to engage with City departments and provides discounts to local
establishments and venues.
“Most of us take
having a form of identification for granted until we realize how hard it is to
carry out everyday activities without one,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “IDPVD
is easily accessible and shows every resident that they are part of the
Providence community. In a time when the forces that pull us apart seem
stronger than ever, we’re thrilled to announce programs like this that promotes
acceptance. I encourage everyone to get a city identification.”
IDPVD is accepted by
city officials, municipal departments and law enforcement in Providence as
proof of identity and residency. It meets American Association of Motor Vehicle
Administrators (AAMVA) security standards. The card functions as a Providence
library card as well. It also provides access to special services, benefits and
discounts offered by partnering businesses and organizations, such as
restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment venues. The City is taking every
precaution to protect each applicant’s data to the maximum extent permitted by
law. Drawing upon the best practices of other cities that have implemented
municipal ID programs, Providence has established a program that views, but
does not collect copies of documents provided by an applicant as proof of
identity or residency.
With regard to
document retention, the City has reached out to the Secretary of State for
guidance on how long it must retain documents provided during the application
process, including the applications themselves. While awaiting a formal
response, the City will retain all application documents in the same way it
would retain any application materials for other records maintained by Vital
residents, who meet the age requirements and can present the required
documentation, regardless of immigration status, are eligible to receive the
IDPVD card. While applicants may self-identify their gender, the card will
include the name that is listed on proof of identity documents unless a
court-ordered name change order with chosen name is presented.
The IDPVD program is
administered by the City’s Department Vital Records. Those interested must
apply in-person at the Department of Vital Records Office, room 104, on the
first floor of Providence City Hall at 25 Dorrance Street. The office is open
Monday through Friday from 8:30pm to 4:30pm. For information you can call
(401) 680-5662, email IDPVD@providenceri.gov or visit www.providenceri.gov/IDPVD.
You can also book an appointment by calling.
IDPVD costs $5 for
those ages 14-17, 65 and older and low-income applicants who demonstrate
financial hardship. The cost is $15.00 for those ages 18-65. The identification
will be sent to the applicant through mail within seven to ten business days. Money
orders, personal checks and credit cards are accepted forms of payment. Cash
and PayPal will not be accepted.
IDPVD does not
authorize cardholders to drive, and is not accepted as proof of identity to
vote. The card does not authorize cardholders to purchase alcohol or tobacco
products, receive public assistance benefits, or travel on an airplane. The
IDPVD does not confer immigration status or provide work authorization. IDPVD
expires after three years from issuance date or when a person no longer resides
in the city.
Applicants must prove their identity by presenting one
qualifying identification documents, including: a U.S. passport, U.S. passport
card, or foreign passport; RI driver’s license or state-issued identification
card; or identification issued by a U.S. government entity i.e. U.S. permanent
resident card, among others. Or they can present two qualifying
identification documents, including a foreign driver’s license; student
identification issued by a recognized U.S. educational institution; a certified
copy of U.S. or foreign birth certificate, among others.
Applicants must also prove their residency by presenting two
qualifying residency documents, including: current utility bill; bank account
statement; or written verification of residence issued and signed by the
director or administrator of a transient resident shelter that receives
government funding. A full list of qualifying documents can be found at www.providenceri.gov/IDPVD.
Partnering with IDPVD is an exciting and unique way to advertise
and grow a business. Partners will be featured on the City's official website
and promotional materials that will be distributed to all applicants. Similar
municipal ID programs around the country have allowed partners to expand their
outreach and attract new customers. To become a partner and promote a business,
please email IDPVD@providenceri.gov or call the Mayor’s Center for City
Services (MCCS) by dialing 3-1-1.