Providing secure and affordable photo IDs to Philadelphia residents age 13 and older.
PHL City ID
Philadelphia City ID Cards Now Available to the Public
The PHL City ID provides a secure and affordable photo identification card for anyone living in Philadelphia, age 13 and older. 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. The ID is valid for five years from the date of issuance for adults and three years for youth, age 13-18.
“At its heart, creating our own municipal ID card has always been about allowing more Philadelphia residents to fully enjoy all that our city has to offer,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Not only does the PHL City ID give more Philadelphians access to the facilities and services they need, it also encourages cardholders to engage with our local cultural institutions, recreational activities, and businesses.”
The card’s low cost, flexibility of accepted documentation, and ability to self-identify gender allow more individuals to access the PHL City ID. Information about PHL City ID is available in multiple languages.
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 local law enforcement officials; and for other situations where identification may be required. Cardholders also have the option to get a new library card number or link an existing one to their PHL City ID so that it functions as a library card. The card does not authorize anyone to drive, travel, or enter federal buildings.