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September 18, 2012 > County to explore creation of County ID Card

County to explore creation of County ID Card

Submitted By Steven Blomquist

On Tuesday, September 11th, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Cortese's request to explore the creation of a uniform user identification system, or County I.D. Card. This system would create efficiencies in providing county services to residents and allow departments to more readily refer clients for additional programs and services. It will also provide county residents, including children, the homeless, and undocumented with identification cards.

"The residents that most often utilize county services frequently face complications in obtaining government-issued identification cards," said Supervisor Dave Cortese, Chair of the Children, Seniors, and Family Committee. "It is difficult for people without driver's licenses or other I.D. to obtain needed services."

Previous efforts to improve the provision of county services have been hampered by the lack of consistent identification usage. This system has the potential to save scarce county resources through increased efficiencies.

A number of cities and counties in California and elsewhere in the U.S. have created successful local I.D. programs to meet the needs of individuals without ready access to other forms of identification.

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