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The ID card will feature your name, photograph (which will be taken at the enrollment center when you apply for the card), date of birth, signature, eye color and height. Each card will have its own serial number and expiration date. You can choose whether or not to display your gender, emergency contact information and organ donor preferences. If you are veteran of the US Armed Services, you can have that indicated in the card.
The card will show your home address unless:
The City will protect the privacy of all Detroit ID Card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by city, state and federal law. The City does comply with Freedom of Information requests, subpoenas and other court orders, but will seek to protect your privacy and your personal information to the extent allowed by law.
You must go to the enrollment center to report a damaged, lost or stolen card and apply for a replacement card. There is a $10 fee for a replacement card. You must bring your identity and residency documents to reapply, and the verification process is again conducted.
Cardholders who change their address or name should come to the enrollment center to receive an updated card. Bring your old card and documentation that establishes the basis for the change such as a marriage certificate, court order for a name change, or new proof of address. Consult the Detroit ID Card Document Guide for further information regarding needed documents. A fee of $10 will be charged.
The Detroit-ID Card can streamline access to city services and connect residents to local business and cultural opportunities. The Detroit-ID Card provides the cardholder with an official City government-issued ID with a photo and address, among other important information. If you are an organ donor, you can have that reflected on the card. An emergency contact can also be reflected on the card. You can use the card to enter all City buildings and to access City services. The Detroit Police Department will accept the City ID card as valid identification. The card will be accepted by utility companies, (i.e. DTE and DWSD), at certain financial institutions, at health care facilities and hospitals, among many other things where official government ID is needed or used.
There is also a package of wonderful benefits that the card can be used for including discounts at a wide variety of cultural institutions and local businesses. A full list of benefits can be found here.
Show your Detroit ID Card at specified cultural institutions or businesses, and receive admission or the delineated discount. Check our website for updates on benefits and look for signs at stores and other locations that indicate they provide a benefit for having the ID card.
The Detroit ID Card is not a driver’s license. This card does not authorize cardholders to board airplanes, drive a car or purchase alcohol, cigarettes or firearms. The Detroit ID Card does not confer or change your existing immigration status.
Applicants must appear in person with the required documents at one of the Detroit ID intake centers.
Patton Park Recreation Center
2301 Woodmere St.
Detroit, MI 48209
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
5555 Conner St.
Detroit, MI 48213
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Enrollment centers during hours of operation, which are:
Monday and Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Yes. We strive to communicate in as many languages as possible, and we will work with you to ensure language is not a barrier to receiving your Detroit ID.
Yes. All the Detroit ID Card enrollment centers are accessible to people with disabilities and are compliant with ADA accessibility rules.
Please contact 211 to make your request. A Detroit ID Card intake specialist will assist you with making arrangements for your enrollment.
The card will be mailed back to the enrollment center or mailed directly to you following successful completion of the application and verification process. If you are homeless or a victim of domestic violence, you will be able to pick up the ID card in person at the enrollment center.
The whole process should take about 30 minutes or less at the enrollment center once you have filled out the application form and have brought in documents that establish identity and residency. If the intake specialist has questions or must conduct additional verification, the process may take longer.
All City of Detroit residents age 0 and older can apply for the Detroit ID Card regardless of permanent housing, criminal record, gender identity or immigration status. This is an inclusive program for all City residents.
Applicants who are less than 18 years old will require the assistance of the applicant’s parent or legal guardian to apply.
Bring documents that prove your identity and show that you reside in the City of Detroit. You will submit these documents, along with the completed application form, to an intake specialist at the enrollment center. The intake specialist will assist you with the process. You will receive back all the documents you brought and the City will not keep your documents (except the completed application form). Consult the ID card Ordinance or the Detroit ID Card Document Guide on our website to see the full list of types of documentation you can bring to apply for the ID card. Applicants must bring original documents. Electronic copies may not be accepted.
The Detroit ID Card program uses a point system to let you know what documents you need to establish identity and residency. The point system requires 300 points worth of documents that establish identity and one document, dated within the last 30 days, that establishes residency. Consult the Detroit ID Card Document Guide or Ordinance for a list documents and their associated point values to bring to the enrollment center. Your documents will be reviewed for verification purposes. You receive back all your documents immediately. Intake specialists at the enrollment centers are available to answer questions. Depending on the documents submitted, applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation.
As proof of identity, applicants can provide, for example, US or foreign passports, US or foreign driver’s licenses, green cards, consular identification cards, individual public benefit cards, among other options. Consult the Proof of Identity Section of the Detroit ID Card Document Guide.
As proof of City of Detroit residency, applicants can provide documents with a current address such as a driver’s license, utility bill, current lease, recent bank account statement, a letter from a homeless shelter or City agency, among many more options. Consult the Proof of Residency Section of the Detroit ID Card Document Guide.
No. All residents of the City of Detroit are eligible to receive the ID card regardless of immigration status. Check the Detroit ID Card Document Guide to see the full list of documents you can bring to the enrollment center in connection with your application
The fee is $25. Those under 18 years of age or over 62 years of age may receive cards for $10. There will be a fee discount for those who qualify.
Yes. All Detroiters are eligible for the ID card who can establish identity and residency in the City. Check the Detroit ID Card Document Guide to see the full list of documents you can bring to the enrollment center in connection with your application, which include documents you may have from the correction, parole and/or probation departments. The intake specialists can assist you.
If you are under 18 years of age, you can get a Detroit ID Card with the assistance of a parent or legal guardian. Your parent or legal guardian will have to apply on your behalf and provide documentation proving that they are your parent or legal guardian and that they live in Detroit.