Many community residents, including many citizens, do not have the necessary requirements to receive a state issued ID card or driver’s license. They are often required to prove their identity for numerous reasons each day, and without a reliable ID may not be able to identify themselves with law enforcement, receive urgent services with schools, health centers, city departments, and social service agencies, or participate in the cultural and business life of their community.
The FaithAction ID card provides card holders with a reliable form of identification that can be used as a tool by law enforcement, city departments, health centers, schools, businesses, and cultural arts organizations to better identify, serve, and protect us.
The FaithAction ID card is available to any resident who may have limited access to government issued ID card, as well as those who support safer, more inclusive and united communities.
- Participants who have especially benefited from the program include new immigrants and refugees, homeless and elderly individuals, people recently returning from jail, as well as faith and city leaders, teachers, health and social service workers, and many others.
What are the limitations of the FaithAction ID card?
The FaithAction ID card is not a state issued form of identification (and clearly notes this fact on the back of the card), or a driver’s license.
- It cannot be used to vote and does not entitle card holders to any social welfare benefits.
- • It does not stop persecution if someone is engaged in an illegal activity and does not have any impact on an individual’s immigration status.
- According to HB 318, community IDs and consulate IDs cannot be accepted by judge, clerk, magistrate, or “government official”.
What are the requirements to receive an ID card?
All participants must attend an ID drive, in which they are required to go through an orientation on the benefits and limitations of the card and sign a simple MOU to this effect.
- They then go through a thorough vetting process in which they must provide proof of identity (embassy ID, national ID card, passport, or driver’s license) and proof of address (utility bill, medical record, bank statement, or lease agreement).
Counties currently with a FaithAction Network ID
- Guilford, Alamance, Forsyth and Orange Counties.
- Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Asheboro, Raleigh and Durham Cities.
- Cities exploring partnership – Charlotte, Raleigh, Sanford, Siler City, and Statesville.
Law enforcement agencies supportive of the program include Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Burlington, Graham, Mebane, Elon, Gibsonville, Asheboro, Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham Police Departments, as well as the Forsyth and Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Moses Cone and Wake Forest Baptist Hospitals.
ECH has been part of the FaithAction network since 2015
The ID initiative in the City of Durham started on December of 2015 to provide ECH ID cards for ANY law-abiding resident with limited access to government issued forms of ID, and who supports a safe, more inclusive community.
How to get a FaithAction ID?
- Attend an ID orientation and be cooperative throughout the ID card process.
- Signed agreement form and intake sheet (clear and correct spelling).
- Correctly addressed envelope (In the middle of the envelope).
- Photo ID (passport, foreign national ID card, matricula consular, driver’s license).
- Proof of address (utility bill, bank statement, current lease agreement, medical record). 6. Cards are $10 (cash) and must be renewed each year.
Original documents only. Copies are not accepted. There may be some limited flexibility on certain requirements.
Additional Important Considerations
We will hold all personal information in a secure database accessible only to El Centro Hispano staff and select volunteers.
- Card cannot be fraudulently obtained or duplicated. • Valid for one year, then must be renewed.
- Contact us immediately if card has been lost or damaged, or if address changes.
• You should receive your card by mail within 10-14 days if envelope is correctly addressed, unless more information is required from you.
Don’t Miss Our Faith ID’s Drives! (We open doors at 7 a.m. They close at 8 a.m)
June 11th. Henderson July 2nd. Chapel Hill July 23rd. Carrboro July 27th. Hillsborough August 6th. Henderson August 27th. Durham at 2100 Chapel Hill Rd September 3rd . Chapel Hill at The Catholic Community of St Thomas More
- October 1st. Durham at Ministerio Monte Sinaí (2100 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707)
- October 8th. Hillsborough at Holy Family Catholic Church (16 Governor Burke Road, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 27278)
- October 15th. Chapel Hill at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (940 Carmichael Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514)
- October 29th. Henderson at Central Baptist Church (2547 Ruin Creek Rd, Henderson, NC. 27536)
- November 19th. Carrboro at Century Center (100 N Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510)