Obtaining ID Documents

Applying for entitlements and benefits necessitates proving identity. For some, including for those who have lost their ID cards, this can be a major stumbling block. The following information may help, especially New York State residents.

To obtain birth records in NY State use this link:

To obtain birth records in the U.S.:

If you do not have a photo ID from a government agency, but you have a Medicare card, you can obtain a photo ID from the NYC Metropolitan Authority if you use this link:

For NY State residents use this link:

For NYC residents, IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID. Use this link to apply: