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Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the IDNYC message event at the Museum of Natural History

A year and a half after a free identification card became available to New Yorkers, nearly 900,000 people have signed up.

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, attributes the unexpected popularity of IDNYC to a number of reasons, chiefly because it replaces the need for a driver's license.

"This could be people who don’t drive, a lot of people needed an ID that's usable day to day," said Mayor de Blasio. "Yes, it’s helpful for the half million undocumented immigrants but it’s had a big impact on people’s lives, people who couldn’t get a bank account, couldn’t sign a lease, and couldn’t go to their child’s school."