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Nevada DMV to offer traditional drivers’ license to residents as option to Real ID


By Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau: A legislative panel was told by the Department of Motor Vehicles yesterday that a new version of a regulation implementing Real ID in Nevada is being drafted that will allow residents to keep the older, traditional license if they choose to do so.

The announcement by DMV Director Edgar Roberts came at a hearing of the Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations, which was to consider a new regulation adopting the new drivers’ license requirement for all residents.

The announcement drew a round of applause from a number of people on hand to testify against the proposed regulation.

Assemblyman Marcus Conklin, D-Las Vegas, chairman of the subcommittee, noted that the DMV will hold a hearing on the new proposed regulation before it comes back to the subcommittee for review.

Conklin said the new regulation is, “trying to make it better but we need a little time to do so.”

The subcommittee will meet April 28 at 1 p.m. to consider the new version of the regulation. The date of the DMV hearing has not yet been set.

Gov. Jim Gibbons signed an emergency regulation implementing Real ID in Nevada in December despite concerns expressed by the ACLU of Nevada and others that the regulations were a violation of privacy rights. Gibbons said the regulation addressed the privacy concerns.

A new regulation is required to be adopted to replace the emergency version.

The DMV began issuing Advance Secured Issuance licenses to comply with Real ID earlier this year. ASI is a new license or ID card marked with a gold star indicating it meets federal identification standards for boarding commercial aircraft and entering federal buildings where identification is required.

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