56 percent of Nevadans have switched to Real ID

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 12:25 PM PST
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The clock is ticking for Nevadans to make the change over to a Real ID, but officials are saying there's really no rush.

DMV officials say 56 percent of Nevadans have made the switch to Real ID, which is an equivalent to more than 1.2 million Real ID cards being issued.

Nevada began issuing Real ID’s in 2014 and DMV Services Manager III April Sanborn says around 850,000 people have yet to make the switch.

She says since Nevada is an optional Real ID state, they are asking people to only make the change, if they absolutely need to before the deadline.

"If you are not planning to fly or enter a federal facility that does require identification, then you don't need to rush in and get your Real ID,” said Sanborn. “Just come and get that when you come in to renew your license or any other type of transaction."

If you want to wait, you can use your passport to enter any federal building or fly.

If you want to get a Real ID, you must bring in a few documents: Proof of Identity (one document), If you have changed your name, Proof of All Name Change(s), Proof of Social Security number, Proof of your Nevada residential address (two documents) and the application.

Sanborn says if you want to wait until your current card expires, there is no extra fee. Nevada Real ID deadline is October 1, 2020.

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