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Reentry Resource Center - New York

Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

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Obtaining vital documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and government-issued I.D., is critical to eligibility for all forms of public benefits, employment, housing, and more. It is often, however, very difficult for people coming out of jail or prison to assemble the proper documentation.

This folder contains extensive practical resources detailing how to obtain vital documents, with resources for survivors of domestic violence who may have additional difficulties in obtaining these documents.


  • Training Manual: Obtaining New and Replacement Documents (The Door Legal Services / Chadbourne & Parke LLP)

  • How Do You Apply for A Birth Certificate in New York City (The Door Legal Services)

  • Obtaining a Drivers License in New York State (NELP)

  • Letter to HRA Medicaid Office re: Photo ID (The Bronx Defenders)

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