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United States Citizen Identification Cards (Forms I-179 and I-197) were issued by the Service until the early 1980s.
no longer issues the cards and any person seeking such documentation should be advised that he or she may apply for a U.S. passport instead through normal passport issuing procedures.
Although these cards are no longer issued, those that were issued are still recognized as evidence of citizenship for such purposes as crossing the border (where presentation of a passport is not required) and verification of employment eligibility under section 274A of the Act (see
8 CFR 274a.2