Nevada has two sets of requirements for proof of identity. Most residents will apply for a standard Driver's License, ID Card or Commercial Driver License. The requirements for these are listed on this page.
Those who cannot meet the requirements for a standard license may apply for a Driver Authorization Card (DAC), which is not valid for identification. DACs will be issued beginning January 2, 2014. See Driver Authorization Cards for those requirements.
You must be a Nevada resident and provide a Nevada street address to obtain a drivers license, instruction permit or ID card.
As a first-time applicant, you will be required to provide proof of your identity (name and date of birth) and separate proof of your social security number if one has been issued for you. You must also surrender any existing U.S.-issued license or ID.
We do not accept other states’ licenses, instruction permits or ID cards as proof of identity. Please bring one of the documents listed in addition to your license, permit or ID card. You must also complete a Driver's License or Identification Card Application (DMV 002).
You must present one document for Proof of Identity AND one document for proof of Social Security number. Proof of your address is not required for a standard Nevada license, CDL or ID card.
|Proof of Name and Date of Birth||Social Security Number|
See Documents You Need for a Social Security Card on the SSA website if you do not have proof of your number.
Documents must be valid originals or certified copies that were issued in the United States (except for foreign passports). We do not accept photocopies. Permanent Resident Cards must be updated at age 14 unless the bearer turns age 16 prior to expiration.
Maiden Names/Name Changes - You must present documentation of any name change(s) if you will be presenting a proof of identity document that does not contain your current legal name. This may include a Marriage Certificate, divorce decree, adoption records or court order.
Divorce decrees must reference the maiden name or former name before marriage. In a case of multiple name changes, you may be asked for records of each change.
If you lack these documents, contact your state or county Vital Statistics Office. A list is available from the National Center for Health Statistics. You may also use www.vitalchek.com or a similar commercial service. Contact the Social Security Administration if necessary.
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Residents of all U.S. territories and foreign countries must meet the Proof of Identity requirements and take vision, knowledge and skills tests to qualify for a driver license.
Active duty military members, their spouses, dependents and others living temporarily in Nevada are not required to transfer their license and registration.
Licenses are not issued to visitors and out-of-state students.
Nevada does not issue licenses or ID cards to tourists. Other non U.S. citizens may, or may not, be eligible for a license or a driver authorization card depending on their specific immigration status.
Email or call your local DMV office before applying for a license. Please include the Status Code issued by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. The type of license or ID issued is determined by immigration status.
Non citizens who possess U.S. issued immigration documents may qualify for a standard license or ID card. See Proof of Identity for a Standard Driver License, Commercial Driver License or Identification Card.
Others may qualify for a Driver Authorization Card, which is not valid for identification. See Proof of Identity for a Driver Authorization Card.
Non U.S. Citizens who have applied for, but not received, a Social Security number may attest to this on the driver license application. They are not required to provide proof of a Social Security number.