Supervisors approve city-issued ID cards
San Francisco supervisors voted 10-1 yesterday to approve municipal
ID legislation sponsored by Supervisor Tom Ammiano. The ordinance
goes into effect in August 2008.
File photo by Luke
By Ari Burack
November 21, 2007
Immigrants, homeless persons and other residents of San Francisco
who often encounter difficulty receiving common services were
given respite yesterday in the form of citywide identification
cards, according to Supervisor Tom Ammiano's office.
By a 10-1 vote, San Francisco supervisors this afternoon approved
an ordinance granting municipal ID cards to all city residents
who request them.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd cast the lone dissenting vote.
The ordinance also received support from local immigrant rights
and labor groups, homeless shelters and transgender communities.
According to Ammiano, many residents, including documented and
undocumented immigrants, seniors, children, students, homeless
persons and transgender individuals, lack government-issued identification,
limiting their ability to open a bank account, get a library card,
access parks and other public facilities, receive homeless aid,
or obtain discounts at city museums, golf courses and the zoo.
Ammiano also cited public safety concerns, contending that residents
without bank accounts are more prone to robbery because they may
have a large amount of cash on them or in their home. In addition,
Ammiano said, residents who can't provide proof of identity are
less likely to report crimes.
The ordinance goes into effect in August 2008, after which residents
will be able to receive cards through the county clerk's office
at City Hall, according to Ammiano's office.
The cards will have a $15 application fee for adults and $5 for
seniors and minors, and will require another form of photo identification
and proof of residency, such as foreign, business or school ID,
utility bills or homeless shelter verification.
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