Does your Nevada driver’s license have a gold circle with a star in the upper right-hand corner? If not, you don’t have a Real ID compliant driver’s license. Without a Real ID compliant license, you will not be able to pass through a TSA security checkpoint at the airport using your driver’s license after October 1, 2020, unless you have an alternate identification document, such as a U.S. passport or military ID. At other federal facilities that require showing an ID to enter, such as Nellis AFB, however, your non-compliant driver’s license will no longer be an acceptable ID after the 2020 deadline.
What is a Real ID?
A Real ID is an outgrowth of recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and passed into law by Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security is the agency tasked with implementing the program.
The Real ID Act of 2005 is the act that sets standards for identity in order to obtain a compliant driver’s license or state ID. The documents required to obtain a Real ID are higher than those for a non-compliant ID. The states still issue the ID’s, and the federal government will notset up a database of Real ID holders. However, additional documents are required to prove residency and U.S. citizenship for the Real ID.
Under the Real ID law, if your Nevada driver’s license is Real ID compliant and you move to another state, your Nevada driver’s license is sufficient to have the new state issue a new Real ID compliant license without any other forms of ID, so you only have to show these documents once when you upgrade to the Real ID.
The individual states will decide if they will follow the Real ID standards, however, after January 22, 2018, non-compliant state DL’s and ID’s will no longer be acceptable forms of ID to pass through TSA checkpoints or enter other federal facilities that require an ID. Nevada is a compliant state, so our non-compliant Nevada DL’s and state ID’s will continue to work at TSA until the 2020 deadline.
The document requirements for obtaining or upgrading to a compliant Real ID in Nevada is available at the Nevada DMV website.
Am I required to have a Real ID license?
No, even though Nevada is a compliant state, you are not required at this point, to have a Real ID compliant license, and Nevada will continue to issue the non-compliant forms of ID for those who decline to upgrade, or who don’t have the documents required for the compliant ID.
You will still be authorized to drive, register to vote and vote in elections, apply for and receive federal benefits, enter federal facilities that do not require an ID, access health or life preserving services such as hospitals and health clinics, enter courts and participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations with a non-compliant ID.
Ticket Busters is here to help with your traffic tickets
On your next driver’s license renewal, you will have the option to upgrade to the Real ID version of the Nevada driver’s license. In the meantime, if you get a ticket, talk to Ticket Busters. We will negotiate your fine and your violation to non-moving violation, and save you time going to court, points on your DMV record, and increases in insurance rates. Call us today to discuss your situation at (702) 666-6666.