The IDPVD Program
Many major cities throughout the country have a municipal ID program, such as New Haven, San Francisco, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Richmond and Milwaukee to name a few.
IDPVD affirms that all residents, regardless of where they come from, are a part of the Providence community. Although available to all residents, IDPVD is particularly valuable for community members who may have difficulty obtaining and retaining other government-issued identification, such as undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ persons, those experiencing homelessness, youth and elders, and formerly incarcerated individuals.
To demonstrate financial hardship, applicants must show proof of income status through sample documents such as proof of enrollment in Means-Tested Benefits (SNAP, Section 8 Housing, Medicaid, etc).
IDPVD expires three years after the date of issuance.
- The IDPVD Program offers many benefits and discounts to local restaurants, shops, museums and more. Take a look at our benefits page to learn more.
IDPVD will be a secure card that meets American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) security standards and the City of Providence will take every precaution it can to protect each applicant’s data to the maximum extent permitted by law.
IDPVD can be issued with four options: male, female, non-binary (NB) or not-available (NA) for those who wish not to disclose. Having the City provide gender-affirming documentation to our community increases transgender people’s safety and ability to access employment, housing, and benefits without harassment or violence.
If you’re having trouble obtaining an IDPVD because of your self-identified gender, please contact the City’s LGBTQ Liaison, Marisa O’Gara, at to assist you. We want to know about your experiences to make sure that trans and gender non-conforming people are choosing to get an IDPVD, and that the process is as smooth as possible.