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The city of Phoenix is considering issuing municipal identification cards. A coalition of community organizations presented the idea to the Phoenix Human Relations Commission on Monday night.
These cards would streamline city services — such as library and mass transit access— through one card. Nine other cities in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia are using these cards.
Coalition member Joseph Larios said the ID cards would encourage people to report crime.
“That is the number one reason that we have heard reported back to us by people who live in the city for why they don’t report crime because of the hurdles they would have to go through and the general fear of the police department when they don’t have a valid ID,” Larios said.
The cards aren’t intended to be used as a valid ID for voters. The proposal says to be eligible for a card you need to prove identity and residency and be at least 16 years old. The Phoenix City Council is set to hear the proposal before the end of the year.