United Nations secretary general to obtain NYC ID card

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 1:37 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is becoming the proud owner of a New York City municipal identification card.

The card provides documentation for anyone who can prove New York City residence. It also offers discounts at scores of cultural institutions.

The ID was launched earlier this year. It's a creation of Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. It's aimed at those who don't have a government-issued identification, including the elderly, homeless and immigrants.

Ban applied for his own card Tuesday during a news conference with the mayor at the United Nations. It usually takes a few weeks to process.

The secretary general estimated that he's lived in the city for about nine years. He says the card will make him "a real New Yorker."