Chicago City Clerk’s Office Launches the Municipal ID program

June 27, 2018

On April 26, the Chicago City Clerk’s office publicly launched the Municipal ID program, known as the City Key.

For the past 3 years, ICIRR member organizations and allies have been working with the City Clerk’s office to develop the identification card and make sure the card is accessible, safe, and exciting for all Chicago communities.

All Chicago residents, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for the CityKey and can safely apply. Information used to apply will not be saved or stored by the city. The ID can be used as a Chicago public library card and a Ventra card, and provides discounts at countless Chicago businesses and cultural institutions. The card proves identity and residency in the city of Chicago and can be used to set up a bank account, apply for a job, access health care services and programs, and more.  

Paul, a leader at Access Living, an ICIRR member organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities, got a municipal ID through the pilot program. “I am a person with a disability and received my City Key through Access Living’s work with ICIRR.” Paul said. “As a person with a disability, having the City ID has been beneficial and convenient for me to use as proof of ID when going to therapy at the gym, my doctor’s appointments, as well as using it as a library and Ventra card.”

The first 100,000 ID cards will be available at no cost--get yours today!

To find out more about the CityKey, including how to make an appointment to apply, please visit