NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has signed a law that paves the way for New York City to create municipal identification cards.
The cards, dubbed NYC ID, are expected to be available in January.
They will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residence in the nation's largest city.
In particular, they are expected to help the estimated 500,000 immigrants who live in New York illegally. They would be able to provide an ID required to do things such as cashing a check or signing a lease.
De Blasio said at Thursday's bill-signing ceremony in Brooklyn that the elderly, the homeless and transgender people also will benefit.
The cards were a de Blasio campaign promise. The City Council passed the bill last month.