Many foreign passports are “machine-readable.” This means that the passport contains a type of text that computers or scanners can recognize and process. This text is sometimes located at the bottom of the passport.
If you have an unexpired machine-readable foreign passport, it can be used to prove the 3 “Identity” points required for an IDNYC card. A machine-readable passport that expired within the last 3 years is worth 2 “identity” points.
If you don't know if your foreign passport is machine-readable, you should assume that it is not, and that it is worth 2 “Identity” points. You will need 1 more “Identity” point. You can reach the required 3 “Identity” points by bringing your non-machine-readable passport and another document, such as a foreign drivers license or a foreign birth certificate, when you go to your IDNYC Enrollment Center appointment.
To apply for an IDNYC card, you will also need a document that proves you live in New York City.
You can go online or 311 can help you to determine if you have the correct paperwork.