"You Are SomeBody!" ID Program

One of the most critical issues facing the poor and homeless is the lack of legal identification.  In order to prove who you are, you need a state-issued ID card. Once you have one, you can get a social security number, apply for a job, cash a check, pick up a prescription, board an airplane, get a driver's license, sign a lease, open a bank account, etc.  Without one you can do none of those things.   The poor and homeless don't have extra money on hand to cover the cost of an ID from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, so the "You Are SomeBody!" ID program provides the funds needed for people to obtain a Massachusetts ID card. 

People who are in programs at our partner shelters and who are recommended by their case managers or the shelter point person are eligible to receive the aid to obtain a Massachusetts ID card.  Among other things, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) requires that each applicant present a social security number that the RMV can verify with the U. S. Social Security Administration (SSA) as having been issued to the applicant OR an acceptable Denial Notice from the SSA.  If the applicant presents a Denial Notice, they must also present proof of acceptable visa status, an I-94 (Record of Arrival and Departure), and a current non-U. S. Passport.

To receive assistance, contact:
  • Boston Rescue Mission
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  • Home for Little Wanderers
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • Rosie’s Place
  • Starlight Ministries
  • St. Francis House
  • Women's Lunch Place


To date, BSN has paid for over 2,900 people to receive their Massachusetts IDs so they can improve their quality of life!

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