The Chicago CityKey is an optional ID that residents of Chicago can get to city services. This helps people who are undocumented or experiencing homelessness who might have problems getting or maintaining an ID.
What services can I access with a Chicago CityKey?
The Chicago CityKey gives you access to:
- Public transit (Ventra),
- Chicago Public Libraries,
- Services from city departments,
- Services from hospitals and clinics,
- Services from community banks and credit unions, and
- Discounts for recreation and entertainment, sports games, cultural institutions, and goods at partnering businesses.
How do I apply?
All Chicago residents may apply at one of the locations set up by the City Clerk.
A resident’s housing status, criminal record, immigration status and gender identity do not matter.
You must be able to prove that you live in the City of Chicago and prove your identity.
When will my CityKey expire?
The card is valid for different times based on age:
- 13 years and under: 2 years
- 14 - 64 years old: 5 years
- 65 years old and over: Never expires
How much does a CityKey cost?
The fees are different based on age:
- 18 years and under: $5
- 19-64 years old: $10
- 65 years old and over: free
The applications fees are waived for:
- Low-income residents,
- Individuals experiencing homelessness,
- Domestic violence survivors,
- Members of the re-entry community,
- Veterans, and
- One Summer Chicago participants.
Updated: March 2018