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Executive order establishes Providence municipal ID’s

On Thursday, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an executive order establishing the Providence Municipal ID Program. The program aims to provide a government-issued identification to residents of the city who are 14 and older. Elorza said that the cards can be used in accessing certain civic amenities, interacting with law enforcement, and affirming residency, but will not be used as a driver’s license or a voter ID.  

In a statement, Elorza said that this “is the first step towards expanding opportunities for residents who face difficulties accessing personal identification including immigrants, students, the homeless and members of the LGBTQ community.” 

The cards will allow people to choose their listed gender. According to the Rhode Island Public Radio, the city has committed $150,000 to the program.

Emily Crowell, Providence’s Director of Communications, said the program would, “boost civic pride, increase economic opportunity and bolster public health and public safety.”

Cromwell said they hope to have the ID’s issued by the spring of next year.


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