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One form of identification card – the `matricula consulare’ ID card – is widely gaining acceptance by credit unions and banks as a way to help provide financial services to Mexican immigrants who live and work here and hopefully alleviate immigrants’ fears and build a bridge to increasing household net worth.

Several California financial institutions including Arrowhead Central Credit Union, Family Federal Credit Union, El Futuro Credit Union, Wells Fargo U.S. Bancorp. and Bank of America accept the matricula as a form of identification to open a deposit account or cash a check.

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