PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced that the
City of Providence has issued 1,000 IDPVD municipal identification cards.
Launched in late June, IDPVD is available to all Providence residents ages 14
and older and promotes community pride, serves as proof of identity and
residency, can be used to engage with City departments and provides discounts
to local businesses.
“We’re thrilled that IDPVD has proven to be such a useful
resource for so many Providence residents,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Not
having proper identification can create obstacles in daily life that most of us
don’t think of. We're excited that 1,000 residents have received their IDPVD, providing
them with both a means of identification and a new way to demonstrate their
IDPVD meets American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
(AAMVA) security standards and is accepted by city officials, municipal
departments and law enforcement in Providence as proof of identity and
residency. It functions as an Ocean State library card; provides access to
special services, benefits and discounts offered by partnering businesses and
organizations, such as restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment venues.
The City takes precaution to protect applicants’ data to the
maximum extent permitted by law. Drawing upon the best practices of other
cities that have implemented municipal ID programs, Providence established a
program that views, but does not collect copies of documents provided by an
applicant as proof of identity or residency.
Providence residents who meet age requirements and can present
required documentation, regardless of immigration status, are eligible. IDPVD allows
transgender residents, who often face obstacles obtaining identification that
affirms their gender identity, to self-designate their gender without medical
documentation. This gives residents an opportunity to have a form of
identification that more accurately aligns with how they identify.
Those interested in IDPVD 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 8:30am to
4:30pm. For more information please call (401) 680-5662, email
IDPVD@providenceri.gov or visit www.providenceri.gov/IDPVD.
Appointments can be booked 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. Money orders, personal checks and credit cards are accepted
forms of payment while cash and PayPal are not.
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.