A2106 permits homeless individuals to obtain one free certified copy of their birth certificates by submitting a request for the certificate to the State Registrar of Vital Statistics through a social worker or through the coordinator of the emergency shelter for the homeless where the person is temporarily residing.
The bill passed the Assembly on April 7, 2016 and was unanimously approved. The bill allows homeless people to obtain, duplicate or renew a non-driver identification card without paying a fee.
Once they present proof of temporary residence at a homeless shelter, the individuals will save the $24 fee.
“The administration fee is the only thing prevented many homeless people from acquiring identification, when shelters and social services organizations are willing to help these citizens,” Mukherji said in April.
Removing this financial barrier to obtaining identification will assist homeless individuals in applying for employment, furthering their education, banking and many other activities that will help them rebuild their lives.