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City Of Detroit Partners With Lyft to Provide Ride Credits to New Detroit ID Applicants

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  • Ride share partnership to provide up to $25 in credits for new Lyft users who sign up
  • Lyft joins over 100 businesses partnering to provide benefits to Detroit ID holders
  • Discounted ID, ride credits available at Detroit ID Pop-up Enrollment Location this Thursday

Detroit is partnering with ride-sharing service Lyft to provide up to $25 in ride credits for new Detroit ID applicants who sign up for Lyft. They’re joining over 100 other businesses providing city services and benefits to Detroit ID holders.

In a unique partnership between the City of Detroit and Lyft, every new Detroit ID applicant will receive a code for ride credits. When they sign up for Lyft, residents can apply the code and receive a $25 credit ($5 off five rides). Residents can use the code immediately after signing up for Detroit ID.

“The Detroit ID is continuing to provide improved access to city services and discounts on everything from food to museums and now Lyft rides,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We’re pleased to add Lyft to all the businesses giving discounts to residents.”

This Thursday, Councilman Scott Benson will host a Detroit ID Pop-Up enrollment site where residents can sign up for the city ID care for a discounted rate of $10. The cost of a Detroit ID is normally $25. Applications will be available at the Lasky Recreation Center at 13200 Fenelon St, Detroit, MI 48212 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and applicants will receive their ride credits on the spot.

“We’re excited to bring the Detroit ID pop-up to the Lasky Recreation Center in District Three,” said Councilman Scott Benson. “Lyft is another business that recognizes the importance of the Detroit ID and I’m happy to partner with them for this discount.”

The ride credits are just one of the many benefits Detroit residents receive when they sign up for a Detroit ID. Residents with Detroit ID enjoy better access to city services. With a Detroit ID, they can pay their water bill or sign up for a savings account with One Detroit Credit Union. Detroit ID holders also receive discounts at businesses like Detroit vs. Everybody, Lunar Labs, restaurants like Green Dot Stables and Buddy’s Pizza, museums, cultural institutions and more.

"We are thrilled to partner with the City of Detroit, and to join forces with local businesses in creating value for ID holders,” said Elliot Darvick, Lyft’s general manager for Detroit.

Residents who can’t attend Thursday’s pop-up can always schedule an appointment or walk into the Detroit ID Intake Centers at Patton Park Recreational Center (2301 Woodmere) and the Samaritan Center (5555 Conner). Both intake centers will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1PM – 7PM and Saturdays from 10AM – 6PM.

How to get a Detroit ID

Below is the process for Detroit residents to obtain their Detroit ID:

  1. Schedule an appointment: Residents can go to www.Detroitmi.gov/DetroitID or call 1-800-408-1599 to schedule an appointment in advance. While walk-ins will be accepted, the process will go much faster if you schedule an appointment.
  2. Gather Documentation: Documentation that establishes the applicant's identity and residency is required and is subject to verification. Examples include utility bills, social service agencies or house of worship letters, tax assessments, and school records. Examples of valid proof of identity also include U.S. or foreign passports, U.S. or foreign driver’s licenses, U.S. or foreign military ID card, HMIS ID or record of services, ID cards from educational Institutional. The applicant's documents will be returned immediately after completing the application process.
  3. Visit an Intake Center: The City has opened two intake centers - Patton Park Recreational Center (2301 Woodmere) and the Samaritan Center (5555 Conner). Both intake centers will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1PM – 7PM and Saturdays from 10AM – 6PM.
    In addition to the two stationary intake centers at the Samaritan Center and Patton Park Recreational Center, the Municipal ID program will host 4 pop-up locations throughout the city during the first quarter of 2017. Dates and locations for these events will be announced in January.
  4. Cost: For residents over 18, but under 62 years of age, the initial purchase of the card will cost $25 with a $10 bi-annual renewal fee. For those over 62 years of age and between the ages of 14-18 the initial purchase of the card will cost $10.
  5. Receiving your Detroit ID: The ID card may be mailed to the cardholder within two weeks or it can be picked up at one of the intake centers.

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