|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||November 12, 2014|
CARSON CITY – The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is now offering Nevadans a choice of which type of driver’s license or identification card they may carry. Residents may choose between a “Real ID” compliant card and a standard card.
The distinction between cards is important as the federal government will eventually require people boarding commercial aircraft using a driver’s license or state-issued ID card to possess a card from a Real ID-compliant state. Real ID cards will also be required to enter secure federal buildings.
Existing license or ID holders should wait until their next renewal - no immediate action is required. Existing Nevada driver’s licenses and ID cards will be accepted for boarding aircraft until individuals choose between a compliant or non-compliant card at their next renewal.
“Having a Real ID-compliant card is optional. However, those wanting to board an aircraft with their driver’s license will eventually need the new card,” said DMV Director Troy Dillard. “Otherwise they will need to use a passport or some other document approved by the TSA to board an aircraft,” added Dillard.
When current driver’s license or ID card holders renew and seek a Real-ID compliant card they will need to provide one document for proof of identity, one document for proof of Social Security Number and two documents for proof of Nevada residency. Acceptable documents include, but are not limited to, the following:
Proof of Identity:
Proof of Social Security Number:
Proof of Nevada Residency
(For a complete and current list of acceptable documents see The Real ID Act in Nevada)
Documents required for proof of identity, date of birth, Social Security number and lawful status under Real ID are the same documents the DMV already requires.
The issuance of Real ID cards will put Nevada in compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005, intended to combat terrorism, identity theft, and other crimes by strengthening the integrity and security of state-issued identification. The Act calls on states to implement a set of minimum national standards in several areas:
DHS says the new cards will improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents and should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification. The Real ID Act implements a 9/11 Commission recommendation for the federal government to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”
DHS started enforcement of the Real ID Act in April with compliant licenses required to enter restricted areas at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C. The enforcement expanded to all secure federal facilities in July of this year and will expand to semi-restricted areas for most federal facilities in January of 2015.
The enforcement for those boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft will start as early as 2016, according to DHS.
The Real ID-compliant card will feature a star cutout in a gold circle. Non-Real ID cards will include the heading, “Not for Federal Official Use.”
Data obtained by DMV will not become part of a national database and cards will not include an RFID chip or other form of biometrics built into the card.
“We understand our residents are protective of their privacy and personal data. Their data will be securely stored and protected,” said Dillard.
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