New ‘enhanced library cards’ help homeless people get an ID in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS (KXAN) – City and community leaders are set to meet at San Marcos Public Library on Thursday afternoon to launch a new type of library card, which they say can also serve as a state-issued ID.

The enhanced library cards will contain a person’s name, photo and other personal information and can now be made by appointment at the library for residents of San Marcos or Hays County who are 18 years of age or older.

The community activist organization, Mano Amiga, believes the effort will help immigrants, people with a criminal history and those experiencing homelessness, as well as those facing challenges in obtaining other forms of state ID.

The city’s website states a warning saying people still need to check with units on whether or not they will accept the form of identification.

“This can possibly be used as a supplement to other documents to prove your identity. You will need to check with organizations / entities that you would like to use the extended library card with as part of establishing your identity to determine if / how the enhanced library card can be used for this purpose. “ their website reads.

There are also requirements before booking time. You can read more here.

This is a development story. Come back for updates.

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