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Oakland City ID Gives Trans People Open Status

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland municipal identification cards designed to help illegal immigrants, transgendered people and the urban poor will have a debit function.

The city ID cards are designed primarily to give illegal immigrants a way to prove their identity, but they also allow transgendered people a way to prove who they are without a specified gender.

The City Council voted this week to authorize contracts with University National Bank of St. Paul, Minn., and SF Global Group of Venice in Los Angeles.

The debit card function is critical to covering the city costs. The cards are expected to cost holders $15 each and up to 30,000 cards are expected to be issued in the first year.

The debit feature gives those who don’t have bank accounts a secure way to store their money.

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