Homeless Residents

For Homeless Residents and/ or Family Members/ Friends

If you are homeless in the City of Detroit or, if you are a family member or friend of a Detroit homeless resident in need of a Detroit ID, please see the information below o call a Customer Services Operator at 1-800-408-1599 for information about requirements for the "D-ID' Card.

To Apply for the D-ID the Following Documents are Required:

  • Category A ID Documents.One Proof of ID with a photograph form Category A listed on the D-ID application Check List;
    • Example: HMIS ID Card. A homeless Detroit resident may be eligible for a HMIS ID card accepted as Proof of ID to apply for the Detroit ID Card. HMIS is an acronym for Homeless Management Information System. The HMIS ID card is issued by agencies servicing homeless residents.
    • If the homeless applicant DOES NOT have an HMIS ID Card or any other photo ID listed on Category A list, please call 1-800-408-1599 for assistance.
  • Category B ID Documents.One or more documents from Category B, listed on the D-ID Application Check List;
    • Witness Affidavit-If the applicant HAS an accepted Category A document worth 200 points but lacks others ID documents, a family member or friend can sign a Witness Affidavit before a Notary Public (100 points) to testify the applicant is who he/she claims to be, available Here
    • The Affiant (witness) must accompany the applicant to her/his Detroit ID appointment and present the signed, notarized Witness Affidavit together with the Category A documents
    • The Category A and Category B documents together must total 300 points
  • Proof of Detroit Residency. Any document listed in Category C (Proof of City of Detroit Residency) on the D-ID Application Check List that is current or dated with in the previous 30 days from the D-ID application date is acceptable. For example, a medical, shelter, or social service letter mailed to the address used for the D-ID application.
    • The Detroit ID card will be mailed to the address on the applicant's application or, at the applicant's request, can be picked up at the one of the two D-ID program offices.
    • If the homeless applicant is currently residing at a shelter or receiving services from a Detroit services provider for homeless Detroit residents,the agency's address can be used as the applicant's Proof of Residency. For more information , call 1-800-408-1599 .
    • If the applicant has NO Proof of Detroit City Residency, please call 1-800-408-1599 for assistance.
    • Chronically Homeless Self-Statement Certification. The applicant will be Provided this form to sign at his/her appointment by D-ID intake staff to testify he/she is indeed homeless and therefore qualifies for the reduced card fee of $10.00.

To make an appointment for your client:

Homeless applicants who have the Category A and B documents and a Proof of Residency document, can make an appointment:

Office Hours of Operation and Locations

Monday ad Wednesday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Southwest Detroit: Patton Recreation Center 2301 Woodmere St., Detroit (Free parking)

Eastside Detroit: Samaritan Center 5555 Connor St.Bldg #2210, Suite 2243, Detroit (Free parking)