DMV Prepares to Issue Driver Authorization Cards

By: Jennifer Hardy Email
By: Jennifer Hardy Email

RENO, Nev. – The lines at the DMV might be extra long in the new year, as the DMV prepares to issue Driver Authorization Cards.

The program goes into effect Thursday, January 2.

“The Legislature estimated as many as 60,000 people will apply for the new card,” said DMV Director Troy Dillard. “We don’t know how much of a crowd we will get starting on Thursday but we expect there will be a healthy amount of interest in obtaining the new card,” he added.

To prepare for the influx of people, the DMV has hired 18 new people. Computer systems have also been modified while the staff goes through training.

“We have made a concerted effort to interact with community groups in both Las Vegas and Reno to get the word out about the DAC,” said Dillard. “It has been a high profile issue since the passage of Senate Bill 303 and we understand its significance,” he added.

DAC applicants will be allowed to submit documents that would not be accepted for a standard Nevada driver’s license or identity card. DACs are not intended for use outside of the legal authority for operating a motor vehicle.

Some of those documents include the following:
• A passport issued by a foreign government
• A birth certificate issued by a foreign government
• A consular identification card
• Any document issued by a foreign government that the Department determines is substantially similar to a consular identification card

One of the requirements for those applying for the DAC is that any foreign language documents submitted to establish identity be translated into English by a “verified” translator. A list of approved translators is available on the DMV website.

DMV expanded an original list of documents required to meet the proof of Nevada residency requirements in SB 303. The revised list includes 20 separate documents such as bank statements, medical bills, educational records, lease or mortgage statements, etc.

Applicants who are not currently licensed in the U.S. must pass DMV vision, written and driving skills tests.

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