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Feds grant Nevada Real ID extension
by Tribune Staff
Feb 05, 2008 | 9186 views | 0 0 comments | 176 176 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been granted a Real ID Act extension by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will allow Nevada's current driver's license to be accepted for federal purposes until Dec. 31, 2009. The extension was a part of the final Real ID rule published by DHS two weeks ago.

"Giving the states more time to comply with Real ID indicates DHS was listening to the concerns many states had," DMV Director Ginny Lewis said. "That flexibility will lighten some of the burden this act places on Nevada motorists."

Another key component to the final rule is an age-based, phased-in approach to requiring someone to have a Real ID compliant license or ID card, Lewis said. Individuals born on or after Dec. 1, 1964 have until Dec. 1, 2014 to get a compliant license or card while those born before Dec. 1, 1964 have until Dec. 1, 2017.

"Presently, we're reviewing the details of the final rule to determine exactly what it means to Nevada," Lewis said, "but Nevadans can rest assured their current licenses or ID cards will be good for boarding aircraft or entering a federal building for awhile."

Lewis added that Nevadans should not visit a DMV office to try to comply with Real ID ahead of time. Instead, residents should gather their proof of identity documents such as a birth certificate.

For a list of acceptable documents and more about Nevada and the Real ID Act, visit
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