Oakland is poised to join a handful of cities in creating a municipal identification card that is touted primarily as a way for illegal immigrants to prove their identity.
But unlike programs in other locales, Oakland’s plan will be the first in the nation to create an alternative banking system for the poor, with the ID doubling as a full-service debit card.
Card holders will be able to load money onto their cards, freeing them from the vulnerability of walking around with cash or relying on costly check-cashing outlets.
“This will probably be the most advanced municipal ID in the country,” said Councilwoman and Mayor-elect Jean Quan, who has driven the effort alongside Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente.
While the debit card function is intended to help illegal immigrants, others see the card’s varied uses as a way to broaden interest. That, they say, will prevent a municipal ID card from being a scarlet letter.
“We want to make sure that it’s not just another way of identifying people who don’t have documentation,” said Councilwoman Nancy Nadel.
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