A few months ago, some people who frequently fly were alarmed when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that at some point ticketed passengers won’t be able to use their driver’s licenses for identification to board flights.
Instead, they’d need a passport or a Real ID-designated card to conform with the Real ID Act of 2005.
The scary part of the early warning was that Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration were going to start checking for Real ID cards sometime in 2016.
Some Nevada residents were understandably outraged. They said they had just renewed their licenses and weren’t offered the option of getting a Real ID designation. Were they now going to have to pay for another renewal early to get Real ID, which on Nevada licenses is designated with a gold circle with a white star? It was doubly frustrating for residents because Nevada renewals are now shifting to eight-year cycles instead of four unless you’re 65 or older.
But there’s good news. Real ID compliance isn’t coming next year. The official compliance deadline now is Oct. 1, 2020, Department of Motor Vehicles Director Troy Dillard said.
There’s an extra level of security for Real ID and applicants must prove their Nevada residency and their identities with special documents.
To get that Real ID star, you’ll need proof of identity, proof of Social Security number and two documents proving Nevada residency. For identity, you can use a state-issued birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport or passport card, a certificate of naturalization or a certificate of citizenship.
For proof of Social Security number, bring a Social Security card, a W-2 form, a pay stub with a Social Security number, an employment check stub with a Social Security number or tax records with a Social Security number.
To prove your Nevada residency, you need two documents which can include a mortgage or rental receipt, a utility statement, bank or credit card statement or an employment pay stub.
For more information, visit the link on the DMV website — www.dmvnv.com/.