Kalamazoo County Identification Card
"Everyone shall have the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law"
~United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 6
In late 2016, former County Commissioner Larry Provancher brought a proposal forward to institute a countywide identification card program. The Board of Commissioners approved the proposal to look at the possibility of having an ID program for Kalamazoo County in December 2016. Many community people and groups supported Kalamazoo County moving ahead with such a program. A task force was created in early 2017 to research the possibility of creating an ID program for the County, which was co-chaired by newly elected commissioners Tracy Hall and Ron Kendall. The task force created several subcommittees to look at the various aspects of an ID program and gathered information from throughout the United States to present to the Board of Commissioners.
On July 5, 2017, the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of the Kalamazoo County ID Program and it was agreed that it would fall under the Clerk/Register's Office. Early 2018 was planned for the start of the program to give time for preparation, staff, location, forms and many other things related to the ID program to be put in place.
A grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation was awarded to have additional monies for advertising the program and to provide a means to assist people without available funds to obtain an ID card.
Work continued by many members of the original task force in preparation for the beginning of the ID program, and we are now close to announcing the start of this venture. Please watch the news media and this webpage for more information as to when the ID program will begin.
The Kalamazoo County ID is intended to recognize all Kalamazoo County residents and enable them to connect with public safety, civic, and community services.
Without a form of identification, a person is not recognized as a member of the community and not afforded the same opportunities as other community members. Having a form of credible identification enables people to become fully participating members of the community.
WHERE TO APPLY
When the ID program begins, it will be housed at the Kalamazoo County Administration Building, Room 101, 201 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
HOW TO APPLY
To receive an ID card, you must be able to show proof of residence in Kalamazoo County and provide proof of identity.
Applicants must produce documents totaling 300 – 400 points following the ID program's point system to qualify for a County ID.
BENEFITS OF ID PROGRAM
- Prove your identity to law enforcement.
- Pick up prescriptions from the pharmacy.
- Present additional identity credentials to the State.
- Prove your identity when using credit cards.
- Prove your identity for merchant transactions.
- Present an additional identity credential to open financial accounts.
- Cash checks at participating financial institutions.
Apply for your Kalamazoo County ID in early 2018!