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The New York Times called it “This Summer’s Surprise Hit”


This summer New Haven became the first city to offer a multi-purpose municipal ID card to all New Haven residents, regardless of age or immigration status. Now you have the chance to help make history—with your participation cities like New York, Miami and San Francisco will be encouraged to follow our city’s example.

News Coverage Pertaining to Solidarity Week at Yale

"Yale Activities Help Draw Elm City ID Sign-Ups," New Haven Register, November 6, 2007
"Campus Groups Tout ID Signups," Yale Daily News, November 6, 2007
"ID Debate Questions Card's Merit, Usefulness," Yale Daily News, November 8, 2007

What does the card do? Lots!

  • It works as a debit card in more than 20 businesses in New Haven, including Atticus Bookstore & Café, Bentara Restaurant, Bottega Giuliana, Caffe Adulis, Koffee?, Koffee Too? and The UPS Store
  • It’s also an access card to New Haven’s Public Library, beach and golf course;
  • It’s a debit card for paying the City’s parking meters;
  • And, of course, it’s a useful form of identification for New Haven residents.

A few reasons to get one:

  • To demonstrate community solidarity and citizenship—you are also a part of New Haven;
  • To stick it to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly who calls the Elm City Resident ID an “outrageous” policy that “verges on anarchy” for allowing all residents to do such crazy things as visit the library and open a bank account;
  • To protest the raids by the Department of Homeland Security on June 7 that led to the arrest of 32 undocumented immigrants;
  • ...oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it will serve as a form of valid ID at several bars and clubs.

How do you get one? All you need to do is join us at Dwight Hall from November 6th to November 9th and bring with you $10 processing fee, plus:

  • Proof of Residency:
    • If undergraduate student: Yale ID.
    • If graduate student: Two items that prove residency (e.g., cell phone bill, bank statement, credit card statement, etc.).
  • Legal Form of Photo ID:
    • If citizen, one legal form of photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport, etc.);
    • If foreigner, two legal forms of photo identification (e.g., foreign passport, visa, foreign driver’s license,

When: November 6th to 9th

Where: Dwight Hall (67 High St)

At what times:

  • Tues. 10am to 4pm
  • Wed. 6pm to 9pm
  • Thurs. 10am to 2pm
  • Fri. 10am to 4pm


Schedule of Related Events

Monday, November 5, 7:00pm - 9:00pm New Haven Solidarity Week Kick-Off!!!

With Mayor John DeStefano, Yale faculty, and community and student leaders. Learn about the Elm City Resident Card and why it matters.

Tuesday, November 6

10:00am - 4:00pm ID Sign-Ups Dwight Hall Common Room

12:00pm - 12:45pm Elm City Resident Card Info Session for Graduate Students 8 Prospect Place, Room 119

4:30pm A Conversation on the Fair Haven Immigrant Raids Dwight Hall

6:30pm - 8:00pm American Immigration Stories Susman Hall, Slifka Center

7:10pm The Fair Haven Immigration Raids: Community and Legal Responses Yale Law School, Room 120

8:00pm - 9:00pm Immigrant Rights and the Creation of a Just Economy Dwight Hall Library

Wednesday, November 7

6:00pm - 9:00pm ID Sign-Ups Dwight Hall Common Room

4:00pm - 4:45pm Elm City Resident Card Info Session for Graduate Students Connecticut Hall, Room 104

7:00pm Should New Haven Offer a Municipal ID to All of its Residents? Dwight Hall

Thursday, November 8

10:00am - 2:00pm ID Sign-Ups Dwight Hall Common Room

7:00pm - 9:00pm Strangers No More: Interfaith Solidarity with Immigrants in New Haven Dwight Hall Chapel

Friday, November 9

10:00am - 4:00pm ID Sign-Ups Dwight Hall Common Room

12:00pm Solidarity Walk from Marquand Chapel to Dwight Hall