Chicago City Key

The Office of the City Clerk is launching a new, and exciting, program for all of Chicago’s residents – the Chicago CityKey. The Chicago CityKey is an optional, valid, government-issued ID card offered to all Chicago residents that will unlock many of the great things our City has to offer. For more detailed information, view the City of Chicago ID Administrative Rules.

In 2015, a task force was launched to bring together City officials and community groups to develop a program that looked at the barriers that many Chicagoans faced when trying to obtain government-issued ID. In October 2016, the Chicago City Council allocated $1 million to create a Chicago Municipal ID, a government-issued ID for City residents, and in April 2017, the City Council overwhelmingly passed an ordinance (O2017-1950) to give authority to the Office of the City Clerk to administer and implement the program, now known as the Chicago CityKey Program.

How to Apply

1. Confirm you have the correct documents to apply. To determine what documents you can submit, review the CityKey Document Guide.


2. Fill out a CityKey Application by selecting an option below:


3. Bring your Application to your Appointment or to one of our Mobile Printing Sites.

 Appointments and ticket numbers are distributed per person.
Each individual must have their own ticket number or appointment.


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