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Residents can apply for Municipal IDs at Jackson Heights Library in Sept.

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Aug. 18, 2015 By Michael Florio

Residents will be able to apply for the city’s municipal ID cards next month in Jackson Heights.

The city is setting up an IDNYC pop-up shop in the Jackson Heights library, located at 35-51 81st Street, from September 3rd through September 18th, according to a spokeswoman with the Mayor’s office.

An IDNYC card provides identification for city residents – including undocumented immigrants. It can be used as a primary ID for New York City services, to open a bank account at select financial institutions and to receive prescription drug discounts.

The ID can also be used to receive free membership at the City’s 33 cultural institutions, such as the Queens Museum and Queens Botanic Garden–and it can be used as a library card, according to the spokeswoman at the Mayor’s office.

The pop-up shop will be open the same hours as the library during that span. It will, however, be closed on September 5th and 7th.

The Jackson Heights library was selected to have a pop-up shop given the diversity of the neighborhood. Furthermore, Councilman Daniel Dromm, who sponsored the municipal ID bill, is a big advocate for it, the spokeswoman said.

Residents need to bring four documents, with three proving identification, including one with a photo ID. At least one document has to prove residency.

Appointments , which can be made by calling 311 or, are now being scheduled for those who plan on applying for an ID.

Walk-ins are accepted, but those with appointments are served first, the spokeswoman said.

It takes approximately two weeks to receive the ID once approved.

Queens residents can also apply at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Corona Center, the Flushing Branch Library, the Jamaica Branch Library, Laguardia Community College in Long Island City, and Make the Road New York, located at 92-10 Roosevelt Ave, according to the spokeswoman.

Last Friday, State Senator Jose Peralta, and Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas and Francisco Moya attended the Corona center to enroll for an IDNYC card.

“IDNYC unites New York under one banner,” Peralta said. “The card allows New Yorkers to come out of the shadows, especially undocumented immigrants who could not even open a bank account previously.”

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