Legislation is being introduced to the City Council to put Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan for a municipal ID card into action.
Supporters say it would make it easier for New Yorkers, especially immigrants and the homeless, to prove their identities and access city services.
Under the law, city agencies would be required to accept the card for things like public assistance or housing.
Applicants would have to give proof of residency and identity.
The bill also requires that the card be designed in a way that deters fraud, much like a driver's license.