How to apply
Difficulty level: Medium (but a strong medium)
What you need: Just like anything else that’s government-issued, there’s a lot of paperwork involved. The main thing is obviously that you have to prove you are indeed a New York City resident. And, yes, they will dig into this pretty damn thoroughly by using a points system:
- Three documents proving your identity (passport, visas, etc.) At least one of these has to have a photo/birthdate.
- One document proving your residency (bills, property ownership, etc.)
If you already have a New York state driver’s license, you’re golden; that will wipe all these out with one shot.
Are you a former or current veteran? You require more paperwork, or at least one extra document proving this is indeed the case. If everything checks out, you get a fancy “Veteran” stamped underneath your name, and a pretty decent amount of exclusive perks, including free membership at Intrepid Museum, special access to job training/placement programs, and travel deals on most major airlines/Amtrak.