October 30, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland officials have introduced a municipal identification card that will double as full-fledged debit card.
The city held a launch ceremony where the first card registrants were expected to sign up on Friday morning.
The goal is to help city residents, including illegal immigrants, who may have difficulty obtaining another form of identification.
The debit function will allow people who don't have a bank account to avoid check-cashing fees or the risk of carrying large amounts of cash, officials have said.
The city expects to issue 6,000 cards this year. They will cost $15 with a discount for seniors and minors.
Critics say the card legitimizes the presence of illegal immigrants and poses a security risk to its users.