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NV DMV Set to Issue Driver Authorization Cards

PHOTO: Thousands Nevadans may take advantage of a new law taking effect in early January making Driver Authorization Cards available to people living in the U-S illegally. Photo courtesy Nevada DMV.
PHOTO: Thousands Nevadans may take advantage of a new law taking effect in early January making Driver Authorization Cards available to people living in the U-S illegally. Photo courtesy Nevada DMV.
December 11, 2013

RENO, Nevada - Thousands of Nevadans may take advantage of a new law taking effect in early January making Driver Authorization Cards available to people living in the United States illegally.

Kevin Malone, public information officer for the state Department of Motor Vehicles, said the driver cards will require the same skill level as a driver's license.

"Vision, written and drive test, all the testing, all the national checks, all the points, all the suspensions and revocations," he said. "All that stuff applies equally to a driver authorization card."

Malone said document requirements for a Driver Authorization Card are different than the documents required for a driver's license. Authorization card applicants will be required to produce documents which can include a foreign birth certificate and proof of U.S. residency.

Applicants for Driver Authorization Cards should not be worried about sharing personal information with the DMV, Malone said, because the law prevents the agency from sharing the information with other government entities.

"You can't use this information for the enforcement of immigration laws or to determine immigration status," he said.

The DMV has hired several new employees in Reno and Las Vegas in anticipation of a bigger workload in the new year, Malone said. An estimated 60,000 people may be eligible for the Driver Authorization Cards, he said, adding that the intent of the law authorizing the cards is to have more licensed and insured drivers in Nevada.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV