- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials debuted a new municipal identification card program this week.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza presented the cards Tuesday during a press conference at City Hall. Elorza believes the cards will help many city residents who don’t have official identification including immigrants, students, the homeless and others.

The cards are optional and can be used as a form of identification for the police department or the library. They can’t be used for driving, voting or to travel on an airplane.

The identification cards cost $15 for most residents or $5 for low-income adults and others.

A city spokesperson said the Providence Public School Department is considering using the municipal IDs for high school students.

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