Throngs rush to get NYC IDs, causing waits as residents seek cards loaded with benefits



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NEW YORK — The long lines to sign up for New York City's popular municipal ID cards may be gone but the wait for an appointment remains lengthy for city residents who want to enroll.

New York City officials figured it would be a good first year if 250,000 to 300,000 people signed up. But city residents have made more than 240,000 appointments in just the first month.

More than 30,000 people have already been enrolled, and have either received their cards or are waiting for them to come in the mail.

The success rate of the cards since they became available Jan. 12 caught the city off guard. Officials have scrambled to open more processing centers to cut wait times, which in some sites still extends into the summer months.

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