Oakland, Calif. is the place to be if you don’t have an ID. Oakland is now the first city in the country to offer ID cards to residents that serve for both identification and transactions. The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with the ID program, with only one more vote to go next week. With these new changes and programs, it’s obvious that the City of Oakland is hoping that many more people will take advantage of their city services.
The City of Oakland knows that these ID cards are the keys that gain access to city services. With these ID cards, residents can open bank accounts regardless of their green card status.
According to NBC Chicago, the cards will be issued at approved locations. However, those locations have not been approved yet. The card itself will be released in 60 to 90 days, costing $10 for minors and senior citizens, while it will cost $15 for adults. 30,000 cards are projected to be issued, just within the first year.
All residents of Oakland can be eligible to receive the ID/payment card, as long as they provide a form of identification and proof of their address. For example, residents can use a passport, or a consulate card as a form of identification.
The city as a whole seems to be pleased with the new program. Claudia Burgos, an aide to Councilman De La Fuente said that she believes the IDs will help public safety. Burgos said that people who don’t carry identification are less likely to want to talk with the police. Burgos apparently has been discussing the program since 2009.
While there has been some criticism to the program in regards to illegal immigration, municipalities agree that the ID cards will help the community. Aside from providing them with a better means of approaching banks and public safety, municipalities also say that the ID cards may help residents to become more engaged in civic life.
Following Oakland’s example, Richmond may soon have a similar program. San Francisco also has their own ID program. However, the county of San Francisco does not have a banking function on their identification.
Perhaps with Oakland’s example, even more cities will be following suit. If your city or county is looking for a new identification solution, give us a call! Capture Technologies is dedicated to making your community a safer place.