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ID cards for the homeless
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - People from the Department of Highway Safety spent the day at the Waterfront Rescue Mission issuing Florida Identification cards to the homeless. The cost of an original ID card, renewal or replacement is $25 dollars, but the ID cards issued to the homeless are free.
It's hard to get by without an I-D card... from driving, to voting, getting a job, you must have it.
An I-D card isn't always easy to come by for someone who's homeless.
"They either have to have a birth certificate or a Florida ID to get their foot in any of the doors and that may not help them on the interview but it will help them look good on paper" said Lawrence Keys, Homeless Veteran.
We caught Lawrence Keys inquiring about getting a Florida I-D card for the homeless.
Keys is a Navy Veteran.
He has a valid driver's license from Iowa, but he was looking to get a Florida issued I-D until he learned having both I-D cards would make his driver's license invalid.
Keys decided to keep his Iowa issued license for the time being.
He's just one of several people coming into the trailer looking to get a Florida I-D card for homeless.
"You have to have a valid ID card to travel and to get a job nowadays you have to have an identification card" said Joyce Norton, Department of Highway Safety
The first time the Department of Highway Safety issued Florida I-D cards for the homeless at the Waterfront Rescue Mission, 32 cards were issued.
This time around the rainy weather may have contributed to the lower turnout.
But for those who did get an I-D card, Keys' feel it gives them a sense of self-worth.
"It gives them a little more prestige, and it makes them feel better, they're not homeless if they've got the ID" said Keys.