In Michigan, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners received a proposal to introduce a county-issued ID card program. This new county-issued ID card would allow residents who don’t have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID to still be able to access resources, including renting an apartment or opening a bank account.
The proposal for these new ID cards would be $20 or $25 each. It is estimated that 1,000 cards would be issued in the first year through this program. The revenues from these cards would offset the initial operating costs and create a new administrative job to lead the program.
Several programs such as this one already exist nationwide. This however would be the first offered by a Michigan municipality. Several of the commissioners reviewing the proposal already expressed a favor of this program stating that the state’s current ID system is often too stringent for residents. Oftentimes, the people who don’t meet these driver’s license requirements are the ones that need it the most.
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Updated June June 29, 2023:
Washtenaw County put this bill into effect. Residents who meet the requirements are allowed a county-issued ID. As of October 24, 2022, the fee for the ID has been reduced to $10 as opposed to $25. The Washtenaw DMV explains further information regarding the ID: “Upon application, the Washtenaw County Clerk – Vital Records Division shall issue a Washtenaw County Identification (ID) Card to residents who meet application requirements. The Washtenaw County Identification Card Program is available to residents age 11 and older. A Washtenaw County ID Card is valid for up to 3 years and expires the earlier of 3 years from the date of issuance or when cardholder is no longer a resident of Washtenaw County.”