Philadelphia Municipal ID
Make an appointment:
The PHL City ID team can meet with you by appointment at City Hall, Room 167. The team can process your ID application on:
- Mondays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesdays–Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meetings with no appointment required
- PHL City ID also accepts walk-in visitors without appointments in City Hall, Room 167, on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- PHL City ID will be hosting pop-up mobile sites with our partners that include some evening and weekend hours.
*All information on this page is from https://www.phila.gov/programs/phl-city-id/
The PHL City ID provides a secure and affordable photo identification card for anyone living in Philadelphia, age 13 and older.
The card helps create a more welcoming Philadelphia that embraces everyone who lives here. It is especially beneficial for those who have a hard time obtaining other forms of identification because of cost or other barriers.
The PHL City ID displays the cardholder’s name, address, date of birth, and self-identified gender. It assigns a unique identification number to each Philadelphian and displays an issue and expiration date on the card.
Each cardholder may include emergency contact information or medical conditions for safety purposes, space permitting.
Residents can use the PHL City ID:
- As identification within Philadelphia.
- To sign in to schools and City buildings.
- To access recreation centers.
- To interact with a law enforcement official.
- For other situations where they need identification.
The card does not authorize anyone to drive, travel, or enter federal buildings.
Cardholders have the option to get a new library card or link an existing one to their PHL City ID so that it functions as a library card.
Cardholders have access to benefits, discounts, and memberships through City partnerships with:
- Cultural institutions.
- Entertainment venues.
- Healthcare providers.
- Local businesses.
- Local sports teams.
To qualify for a PHL City ID, you must:
- Live in Philadelphia.
- Be age 13 or older.
- Be able to prove your identity and address.
All qualified City of Philadelphia employees will receive a PHL City ID upon employment.
Yes. The ID was designed with the specific intention NOT to be used as a way to mark and single out undocumented immigrants. The city is working with a variety of institutions and organizations to encourage all Philadelphia residents to acquire the card in order to avoid giving the card a reputation of singling out undocumented peoples.
Does the city track the personal information required to obtain the ID?
The city does keep track of identification-holders’ names, the date the cards were issued, the expiration date of the cards, and recipients’ dates of birth. No addresses or images are stored.
To get a PHL City ID, you must prove your identity and residency in Philadelphia. You can use a variety of documents to do this.
The PHL City ID uses a four-point system for the application. Different documents are worth different numbers of points. You must have documents that add up to four points to receive a PHL City ID.
Proving your identity
Your proof of identity documents must include one with a photo and one with a date of birth. They might include your:
- U.S. or foreign passport.
- Veterans’ identification card.
- SEPTA Key senior ID card.
- U.S. or foreign driver’s license.
- High school or college student ID card.
- Consular Identification Card (CID).
Proving your residency
You’ll also need to prove that you live in Philadelphia. You might provide your:
- Utility bill.
- Bank statement.
- Current lease.
- Pay stub.
- Letter from hospital, health clinic, shelter, or social service agency.
Choosing your documents
All documents must be original and current. We cannot accept copies. Some expired forms of ID may be accepted at a lower point value.
For a full list of accepted documents, see the document guide.
You can also use our document calculator to check that you have enough points.