[New York, NY] August 8, 2016 — Today, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced the launch of a new IDNYC “Pop-up” enrollment center to accept applications on-site at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) from August 16 to August 27.


MOCA will be the first cultural center in calendar year 2016 that will serve as a site for local residents to enroll in IDNYC, the largest municipal identification program in the country. The card is available to residents age 14 and older who reside in New York City’s five boroughs, regardless of immigration status.


Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, IDNYC has grown to become the largest municipal ID program in the nation. IDNYC provides New Yorkers with free one-year memberships to 40 cultural institutions across the City, including MOCA, and provides access to other benefits, including discounts on groceries and medicine.


“IDNYC’s benefits are of immense value to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are currently cardholders. This includes access to 40 museums and cultural institutions for 2016 IDNYC enrollees, including the Museum of Chinese in America,” said Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “By launching a pop-up site in a cultural institution, IDNYC is ensuring that new enrollees are immediately aware of the great benefits they can access through the card.”


“The Museum of Chinese in America is committed to partnering with New York City to bring resources to all residents,” said MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach. “Since MOCA joined the IDNYC program on January 1, 2016, we’ve seen a 400% increase in membership. We are delighted that the Museum can serve as a welcoming space. We are thrilled that MOCA is partnering with the IDNYC program and we look forward to providing free memberships to all IDNYC registrants.”


“The IDNYC cultural membership benefits have provided organizations a powerful new way to connect with residents, and thousands of New Yorkers have seized the opportunity,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “This partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America is the perfect chance to access the range of benefits that come with being a card carrying New Yorker while exploring one of our city’s extraordinary cultural gems.”


New York City residents can set up their appointment to apply for their free IDNYC card at MOCA by visiting or by calling 311 to receive assistance in the language that they speak. MOCA’s “Pop-Up” site will be accessible through the entrance of the Museum located at 147 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013. The site will open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm; and Thursday from 12 pm – 8pm. On the last day, August 27, the site will close at noon. MOCA is accessible from the J, Z, N, Q, R, and 6 trains off Canal Street. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are not guaranteed.