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DMV changes to driver’s license and identification cards



CARSON CITY — Starting January 2010, the look of the driver’s license and identification cards will be updated. After the events of 9/11, new minimum standards were created for the issuance of all state issued driver’s license and identification cards.

Cards issued prior to January 2010 will remain valid until their expiration date. The cards may be accepted to establish identity and are valid for official Federal purposes to include boarding a commercial aircraft. The new process will be rolled out in all Nevada DMV offices by March 2010.

There is no need to immediately apply for the new card. The Department is encouraging customers to wait until their normal in-office renewal to obtain the new card.

Security features that were provided to you when Central Issuance was implemented remain the same.

Why Advanced Secure Issuance (ASI)?

  • Provides greater assurance that a person presenting a driver’s license is who they claim to be
  • Makes it more difficult to tamper with or create counterfeit driver’s licenses
  • Distinguishes driver’s licenses and identification card standards from those issued based on reduced issuance standards
  • Identifies individuals with limited durations of stay in the United States

Updates to the driver’s license and identification cards are visible on the front of the card.

  1. The Nevada at the top of the card will be in a smaller font.
  2. The Eagle has moved to the lower right hand corner of the card.

Customers meeting the new minimum standards will be issued an Advanced Secure Issuance Driver’s License or Identification Card. The Advanced Secure Issuance card will contain an additional security marking on the top right hand corner of the card. The new security marking, a gold star, will be issued once all required documentation has been presented. This new card will be accepted for Federal official use and can be used to board commercial aircraft and enter all federal buildings requiring identification.

The following is a sample card of the new Advanced Secure Issuance:

If the driver’s license or identification card is an ASI card, a gold star will be in the upper right‐hand corner of the card. This is the DHS‐approved security marking indicating Federal compliance.

To learn more about Advanced Secure Issuance, visit us on the Nevada DMV’s website at www.dmvnv.com.

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