Nevada Real ID

Reopening Tips

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for Real ID enforcement to October 1, 2021. See the DHS News Release.

Please wait for your next renewal or other DMV visit for a Real ID. You can upgrade at the same time as you complete another DMV transaction, including a vehicle registration.

Do you have the Star?

Go Far with the Star graphic

Check your Nevada Driver's License or ID Card. If it has a gold star in the upper right corner, you're good to go! You already have a Real ID.

If not, visit GetRealNevada.com and try our interactive quiz to see if a Real ID is right for you!

Countdown to Real ID

A Real ID will be required beginning October 1, 2021, if you wish to use your driver’s license or state ID card to board commercial aircraft on domestic flights. Secure federal facilities, such as military bases, already require licenses/IDs to be Real ID compliant.

Real ID is optional. A passport, military ID or other documents can be used for federal purposes. See TSA Acceptable IDs for Airport Checkpoints. The TSA is accepting driver's licenses and ID cards that expired March 1, 2020 or later during the COVID-19 closure. See tsa.gov/coronavirus.

When should I get my Real ID?

Wait until your next DMV visit if possible

You should wait to get a Real ID until you have to visit the DMV for another reason. You can upgrade at the same time as any other DMV transaction such as a name change, address change or even a vehicle registration. Make only one appointment for both!

Need it sooner?

You may upgrade to a Real ID at any time. You can also renew your license or ID at the same time, but you must visit a DMV office.

How do I get it?

Make sure you have the correct documents!

You need to present proof of identity, name change(s), your Social Security number and two residency documents one time only. Review the list below carefully.

These are generally the same documents you used to obtain your Nevada license or ID the first time. You must show them again, plus two documents that show your Nevada residential address.

Apply in person

You must apply in person at DMV office. Make an appointment at our offices in Carson City, Las Vegas or Reno.

Fees

The fee for a Real ID only (Change of Information) is $9.25 for a driver license, $8.25 for an ID card or $13.25 for a commercial license. Other driver license/ID changes of information, such as an address change or name change, may be included with no additional fee.

There is no additional charge for a Real ID if you are completing other license/ID transactions such as a renewal or adding an endorsement.

The Change of Information fees listed above will apply if you are completing a vehicle registration or other transaction and the Real ID is the only change to your license or ID card.

License Samples Top ↑

Real ID License Standard License

These examples show cards issued on or after November 12, 2014, when Nevada came into compliance with the Real ID Act.

A Real ID driver's license or ID card has a gold circle with a star cutout in the upper right-hand corner.

Standard licenses or ID cards have a heading stating “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE." These cards meet Nevada proof of identity standards.

Real ID Driver License Standard Nevada License

Licenses and ID cards are marked “LIMITED TERM" when immigration documents are used to prove identity. These expire at the same time as the holder's U.S. Visa.

Cards issued prior to November 12, 2014 remain valid until expiration. However, they do not contain the gold circle or the statements on federal use or limited term. They will not be accepted for federal purposes on or after October 1.

Frequently Asked Questions Top ↑

The Real ID License or ID Card

Is a "Real ID" a different form of identification than a driver's license or ID card?

No. You receive only one state-issued driver's license or ID card. This may be compliant with the Real ID Act or it may be a standard license or ID. Nevada also issues Driver Authorization Cards to those who cannot meet the Real ID or standard requirements.

A person may not hold multiple driver's licenses or state-issued ID cards.

Do I have to get a Real ID license or ID card right away?

No. You may wait until your next in-person DMV transaction prior to October 1, 2021, or even later if you will not be flying or entering secure federal facilities. Visit GetRealNevada.com for an interactive checklist.

Existing Nevada driver’s licenses and ID cards will be accepted for boarding aircraft until expiration or October 1, 2021, whichever is sooner.

Please see the following two web pages for more information at the federal level:

I showed my proof of identity documents when I first obtained a Nevada license. Why do I have to show them again?

The Real ID Act establishes minimum standards for proof of identity and requires residents to meet these standards one time to obtain a compliant license or ID. In Nevada, proof of identity presented prior to November 12, 2014 meets older standards but is not valid to obtain a Real ID license or ID card.

Why can't I use my military ID as proof of identity?

The Department of Homeland Security did not include military ID on the list of acceptable documents for obtaining a Real ID. See Residency & Proof of Identity.

U.S. military ID will continue to be accepted for boarding aircraft and other federal purposes. However, one advantage to Real ID is that other state DMVs will accept a Real ID as proof of identity for obtaining a driver's license or ID.

Do I have to provide my documents every time I renew my license or ID?

Most residents are required to provide documents only the first time they apply for a Real ID license or ID card. No documents are required at renewal. Your license will remain Real ID compliant.

Permanent residents and limited term residents are required to show their immigration documents at each renewal. In addition, any material changes such as name, date of birth or Social Security number will require documentation.

If I don’t have a Social Security number, can I get a driver’s license or identification card?

Yes, but not a Real ID. You are eligible for a standard driver's license or ID card provided you meet the other proof of identity requirements. You may also be eligible for a Driver Authorization Card. See Residency & Proof of Identity.

Will the DMV accept an out-of-state Real ID?

An out-of-state driver's license or ID card that is Real ID compliant is acceptable proof of identity to obtain a Nevada driver's license or ID. If a limited term Real ID is presented, you must also provide a valid immigration document(s). See Residency & Proof of Identity.

Real ID Uses and Enforcement

What does it mean if my driver’s license or ID card states “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE”?

This or a similar statement means the issuing state offers its residents the option to obtain a driver's license or identification card which is not compliant with the Real ID Act and that the license holder has chosen that option.

These licenses and ID cards meet Nevada proof of identity standards. They should be accepted as identification for all uses.

A variety of reasons may underlie the choice to obtain a standard license. These include personal preference, religious conviction, or the inability or decision not to provide original documents needed to verify identity, citizenship, or lawful status in the United States.

No inferences or assumptions should be drawn about the particular reason an individual possesses a card with this statement. It does not indicate a person's citizenship or immigration status.

REAL ID only covers state issued identification documents used for accessing federal facilities, commercial aircraft, and nuclear power plants and not for the determination for any specific benefit. Non-federal entities such as banking institutions are outside the scope of REAL ID and have the ability to use state issued identification documents as they deem appropriate.

Can I use my current Nevada driver's license or state ID card to board an aircraft?

Yes, until October 1, 2021.

Beginning on that date, the federal government will require people boarding commercial aircraft using a state driver’s license or ID card to possess a card that meets Real ID standards. A Real ID license or ID is already required to access secure federal facilities where ID is required.

Nevada Driver Authorization Cards are not valid for identification.

Will I need a Real ID license to apply for federal benefits or to register to vote?

No. A Real ID license or ID is NOT required to:

  • Vote or register to vote
  • Apply for or receive federal benefits
  • Be licensed by a state to drive
  • Access health or life preserving services (including hospitals and health clinics), law enforcement, or constitutionally-protected activities (including a defendant’s access to court proceedings)
  • Participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations
  • Enter federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification

REAL ID covers only state issued identification documents used for accessing secure federal facilities, commercial aircraft, and nuclear power plants and not for the determination for any specific benefit. Non-federal entities such as banking institutions are outside the scope of REAL ID and have the ability to use state issued identification documents as they deem appropriate.

Does a Real ID license have an RFID chip or other form of biometrics built into the card?

No.

Will my personal information be stored in a national database?

No.

Will TSA accept identity documents other than driver’s licenses?

Yes. TSA accepts other forms of identity documents, such as a passport or Permanent Resident Card, and will continue to do so. See TSA Acceptable IDs.

The Real ID Act of 2005

What is the Real ID Act?

Real ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification. Real ID implements a 9/11 Commission recommendation urging the federal government to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.”

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 federal building where identification is required or entering a nuclear power plant.

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:

  • Information and security features that must be incorporated into each card
  • Proof of identity, date of birth, Social Security number, lawful status, and primary residence address
  • Verification of the source documents provided by an applicant
  • Increased security and privacy of personal information collected when applying for a driver’s license or identification card

See the following links for more information.

What does the Real ID Act do?

The Real ID Act establishes minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.

It prohibits federal agencies from accepting state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards for certain official uses unless the Department of Homeland Security determines that the state meets Real ID standards. Official uses are defined as accessing secure federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants and boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft.