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How can a municipality protect itself against fraud?

Municipal ID cards should be designed, and programs implemented, in such a way as to prevent fraud and misuse. There are three main components to card security: card design, document authentication and penalties for fraud. One of the simplest ways to prevent fraud is by making the card difficult to counterfeit by including holograms or other tamperproof features. Second, staff should be well-trained in document review to authenticate documents. Finally, cities can implement penalties to deter fraud. Notably, there have been almost no instances of suspected fraud in any of the jurisdictions that currently run municipal ID card programs. When New York City released its first quarterly report to the City Council in March 2015, there were only two instances of possible fraud detected among more than 100,000 processed applications for the IDNYC.

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1. What is a Municipal ID?
2. How many cities in New Jersey have a Municipal ID?
3. Why is this card necessary?
4. Where are Municipal IDs accepted?
5. Do Municipal IDs grant immigrants access to benefits?
6. Isn’t there a County ID program for this purpose?
7. How is this better/different from a State-issued ID from motor vehicles?
8. What benefits are associated with the Madison ID card?
9. Can this card also be used as a Library Card?
10. What services are provided through the Library card?
11. Can you get the Madison ID if you already have a Library card?
12. How can a municipality protect itself against fraud?
13. How will the Borough of Madison protect the privacy of applicants to the ID program?
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