LAS VEGAS (AP) - Questions about whether applicants for a Nevada state driver privilege card will have to pay to get certified document translations - and how much that could cost - dominated a workshop about regulations for the upcoming program.
Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman David Fierro said following a public workshop Wednesday at state offices in Las Vegas, Carson City, and Elko that regulations will be finalized in months ahead.
The DMV expects to start issuing tens of thousands of Driver Authorization Cards after Jan. 1 to people who don't have legal U.S. residency.
It'll cost $22, and applicants will need to verify their identity and residence.
Some speakers worried that requiring people to pay another $50 or $100 for translators to certify foreign-language paperwork could make getting a card too expensive.
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The Nevada state Department of Motor Vehicles is working on rules Wednesday to determine what kind of residency paperwork will be accepted from tens of thousands of people who are expected to seek state driver privilege cards for the first time after Jan. 1.
Community representatives and groups were being asked to weigh in during a statewide workshop on regulations to prove residency by applicants for what are being called Driver Authorization Cards, DMV spokesman David Fierro said.
An explanatory workshop was being video conferenced between the Legislature building in Carson City, the Grant Sawyer state office building in Las Vegas and Great Basin College in Elko.
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a law passed by the state Legislature this year putting Nevada among several states letting people who don't have legal U.S. residency obtain driver authorization cards.
Backers said the law will make Nevada roads safer because it'll let motorists who can't currently get driver's licenses take a driving test, acquire insurance and legally drive. Proponents also said the fees collected will benefit the state.
People will need to obtain and renew cards annually, and the cards won't be used as official identification to board a commercial aircraft or enter a U.S. federal building.
Applicants will need to verify their identity with documents such as a passport or birth certificate, and prove residency with at least two documents such as rent or lease receipts, public utility bills, bank statements, credit card bills and employment check stubs.
The DMV is considering accepting other documents such as individual income or property tax records, mortgage documents, school identification, receipts for public assistance, military leave and earnings statements, state-issued voter registration cards or a notarized statement from a property owner verifying a person's residence.
Nevada's law was modeled after a similar measure in Utah, which along with New Mexico, Illinois and Washington has driving authorization laws for noncitizens. Colorado and Oregon passed similar laws this year.
The Nevada law says a document in a language other than English may be accepted by the DMV if it is accompanied by a verified English translation.
Name variations will have to be documented, and the DMV is proposing to define verified to mean that documents must be typewritten or electronically printed, completely translated, submitted in both English and other language form, certified and notarized.
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