Nashville’s mayoral candidates want to create what’s known as a municipal ID card. They like the idea so much that, at times, it sounds like they’re competing to be its biggest champion.
Immigrants who already know a lot about municipal IDs cheered several times when every single mayoral candidate backed the idea at a recent forum.
So what is a municipal ID? In short, it’s a card that the city would create to help people access services. One card to go to the library, get on a bus, to use as an ID with the police, and even to open bank accounts. That’s how they work in a handful of other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, Calif.