Forget what I said about IDs: mayor

De Blasio acknowledges IDNYC cards can’t be used to buy alcohol

Never mind.

Mayor de Blasio said he would advise bars and clubs to accept IDNYC as proof of age on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Sept. 27, unaware that the State Liquor Authority does not recognize it as valid identification to purchase alcohol.

Last Friday he backtracked.

“I thought, based on everything I had understood previously about IDNYC, that it would be acceptable proof of age in bars,” de Blasio told Lehrer’s audience during his regular weekly appearance. “It turns out — the lawyers tell me I’m wrong.”

His first comments came after a caller to the show, Nick from Astoria, asked what he should do after being turned away by a bouncer and denied entry at a bar after showing his IDNYC card.

“I will have our nightlife office make sure to alert all the bars, restaurants, night clubs that it is a valid ID and it should be respected,” de Blasio said of the identification card that was launched in January 2015. “But I’m surprised, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of anyone turned away from a bar.”

He sang a different tune last week, when he explained, “I hate to tell you this but I reacted out of common sense last week on an interesting issue and I did not have all the facts and I provided the wrong information so I want to apologize for that.”

On the Frequently Asked Questions page for IDNYC, there is a section for “What can I not do with my card?”

One of the answers: “The IDNYC card does not authorize cardholders to purchase alcohol or tobacco products, receive public assistance benefits, or travel on an airplane.”

This is not the end of the IDNYC issue in bars as the mayor said he will still attempt to make them valid to purchase alcohol.

“We are going to work to try and fix that,” he said. “I think that’s a ridiculous loophole given how much care is taken in getting people an IDNYC and certifying their information. So we’re going to try and get that state law fixed in the upcoming session so that people can use them in fact, in bars, but unfortunately we’re not there yet.

Proper forms of identification to buy alcohol include a valid driver’s license from one of the 50 states or Canada, valid ID issued by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles such as a nondriver ID card, valid U.S. military identification or a valid passport or visa from the United States or any other country.

Any change to add a new form of identification would need to be done through legislation, according to SLA spokesman William Crowley.

Other limits on IDNYC include its not authorizing people to drive and not being accepted as proof of identity to obtain a driver’s license. The card does not confer immigration status or provide work authorization either.

Benefits of obtaining a card, according to the FAQ section, include cardholders being able to enter all city buildings and access city services. Cardholders can use it to apply for jobs when submitted with proof of work authorization. Police officers accept the card as valid identification.