- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department has updated its patrol guide to officially recognize the city’s upcoming municipal ID card.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Friday with police Commissioner William Bratton and immigrant affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal.

De Blasio said the step will help prevent the arrests of New Yorkers previously unable to provide reliable proof of their identity during interactions with police.

The cards, called NYC ID, are expected to be available in January.

They’ll be issued to anyone who can prove their identity and residence in the nation’s largest city.

City officials say immigrants, the elderly, the homeless and transgendered people could especially benefit from the ID.

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