Passed by Congress in May of 2005, the Real ID Act was part of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and the Tsunami Relief Act. It is not Nevada law but federal law that sets identification standards for state driver's licenses if those licenses are to be used as identification for boarding an aircraft, entering a nuclear power plant or entering a federal building where identification is required.
The Real ID Act is intended to combat terrorism, identity theft, and other crimes by strengthening the integrity and security of state-issued identification. The Act calls on states to implement a set of minimum national standards in several areas:
The documents required to prove identity, date of birth, Social Security number and lawful status under Real ID are the same documents the DMV already requires, as set forth in Nevada Revised Statutes 483.290. The DMV will also require proof of your Nevada address such as a mortgage, lease or utility bill. Documents will only need to be shown one time to obtain and retain a Nevada license.
Nevada offers the opportunity to obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card which meets the standards of the Real ID Act of 2005. Sometime after January 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a person to have a Real ID card if they wish to board an airplane or enter federal buildings without showing a passport or other documentation.
Applying for a Real ID card is easy: just show the same identification documentation you would for a standard driver’s license or identification card, but choose the Real ID option.
Drivers who do not have acceptable documents for a standard or Real ID license may apply to receive a Driver Authorization Card (DAC).
One change for all Nevada residents is that the DMV will now require two documents to prove Nevada residency. Utility bills, mortgage statements, rental agreements, and bank statements with the correct residential address are all acceptable.
Anyone whose current name differs from that on their birth certificate will also have to show proof of the legal name change. A Marriage Certificate is sufficient for married women. Those who have had multiple name changes because of marriage and divorce will have to show proof of each change. This is already required in Nevada.
If you lack these documents, contact your state or county Vital Statistics Office, an online records service and/or the Social Security Administration.