Minneapolis ID Frequently Asked Questions
The City will continue to update the information on our website as the program is developed.
What is municipal ID?
The City of Minneapolis is in the process of researching and planning for a municipal ID program to ensure all city residents have access to a government-issued form of identification. This card is intended to be an identification card issued by the City of Minneapolis that will be recognized by City departments, including law enforcement as a valid form of identification. The program would be available to all city residents, giving residents the opportunity to access a form of government-issued photo identification.
Why is the City of Minneapolis creating a municipal ID card?
Minneapolis is a welcoming city to all of our residents. We strive to provide a safe and livable city with an active and connected way of life for everyone that calls Minneapolis home. We are proud of this value and we want to show it. The purpose of the Municipal ID program is to have one identification card that shows We Are Minneapolis. Our Municipal ID is one way to demonstrate our civic pride and belonging, connecting municipal government to the residents the City serves. In offering a Municipal ID, the City of Minneapolis will join cities across the country like Detroit, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco who are already offering a City ID benefit to their residents.A Municipal ID program advances the City’s goal to reduce disparities so all residents have equal access to an official identification required to obtain the resources and services needed to be successful and connected to the community.
With a municipal ID, we hope many Minneapolis residents can connect to vital services, including:
- opening a bank account
- being admitted to a hospital
- obtaining prescription drugs
- registering children for school
- filing a police report
- obtaining identification with the correct gender identity.
A Minneapolis Municipal ID will help provide the security and access to core services that come from having a recognized form of identification to use at banks, cultural institutions, libraries, schools, businesses, and pharmacies. A Municipal ID card will help enhance public safety by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with the Minneapolis Police Department.
What are the benefits of a Minneapolis Municipal ID?
If the ordinance establishing a municipal ID program is approved, City of Minneapolis departments and services, including law enforcement, would accept the City of Minneapolis Municipal ID card as a valid form of identification if identification is needed when interacting with the City.
We are currently working with many partners to develop acceptance of the card to access non-city services such as financial institution and transit as well as several businesses and community organizations to establish discounts and “perks” for card holders.
When will the Minneapolis ID be available?
Throughout 2019, the City of Minneapolis will continue to develop the program including finalizing the process for obtaining an ID card, what technology will be used, location(s) for accessing the card and staffing needs. The City will also continue to develop and formalize partnerships with our community partners, organizations and businesses.
A comprehensive list of benefits and services that the municipal ID card offers will be developed and will be an ongoing process.
Who is eligible to get the Minneapolis ID, and how much will it cost?
The current draft of the municipal ID ordinance proposes the following criteria for eligibility:
- Minneapolis residents aged 13 and above.
- The ordinance will define the criteria for showing proof of identity and residency.
- The first ID card will be free.
What can't the Minneapolis ID be used for?
The ordinance as drafted would not allow the card to be used as drivers’ license, a form of voter identification, nor does it grant the ability to access other government benefits, nor as proof of legal age for the purchase or consumption of liquor or tobacco.
Last updated Nov 26, 2018