New York City ID card plan passes in council vote

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Updated: 6/26 1:55 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers have agreed to create New York City identification cards that residents could get regardless of their immigration status. The measure would add the nation's biggest city to a growing roster of cities that do so.

The City Council voted Thursday to create municipal ID cards. Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the idea.

The cards would be available to all city residents, but they're aimed largely at helping the estimated 500,000 immigrants living illegally in the city. With the cards, they'd have government ID for some tasks that require it, such as opening a bank account or signing a lease.

The card likely would cost around $10, waived for people who couldn't afford it.

Cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Haven, Connecticut, already offer such cards.

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