- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say some banks are refusing to accept New York City municipal identification cards, even though federal regulators gave a green light to use the cards to open bank accounts.

The New York Times reports (https://nyti.ms/1ZpTPmD ) Wednesday that some of the city’s largest banks - like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup - do not accept IDNYC as primary identification to open a bank account.

The IDNYC card was introduced this year with the goal of providing immigrants living in the country illegally with a valid piece of identification.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer says his office will contact banks that won’t accept IDNYC cards to discuss steps to change their policies.

Some smaller banks accept the municipal IDs. Federal regulations do not require banks to accept them.

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