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Phoenix city council OKs municipal ID cards for residents

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PHOENIX — Phoenix residents will be getting municipal ID cards soon.

The city council approved creation of a secondary municipal ID at Wednesday’s meeting. The city also approved a five-year contract with a private company to provide the card at no cost to the city.

The card will cost $30 for residents, and will be valid for three years from the date it’s issued.

“This secondary municipal ID card is a victory for our city,” Councilman Michael Nowakowski said. “It shows we are one community, open to everyone.”

The secondary ID will be available starting in February 2017.

“I am encouraged at the action that the City Council took today regarding the secondary municipal ID and unified city services card,” Councilwoman Laura Pastor said in a statement.

“This is a good day for our community. This combined tool will allow Phoenix residents and families to access what they need to connect with crucial programs that they might be denied otherwise without official credentials.

“While it’s not a perfect solution to the barriers that many underserved individuals face in obtaining services, it is a step in the right direction.”

To obtain a city card, a resident must complete an application and provide sufficient proof of identity and Phoenix residency.

Presenting false information to get a card will be a Class-1 misdemeanor. If a cardholder moves out of Phoenix, they’ll need to surrender the card.

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