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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