Nevada Driver Cards Draw Nearly 49,000 to Take Tests

July 2, 2014

Nearly 49,000 Nevada residents have taken written tests since January to obtain state driver authorization cards, and just under 16,400 people have gotten the documents as of June 11, state Department of Motor Vehicles officials said.

The cards are available under a new law that made Nevada the 11th state to offer driving privileges to people in the country illegally. Backers say the cards allow immigrants to take a driving test, get insurance and drive legally.

Almost 6,700 people have been given authorization card instruction permits, putting the number of people eligible to drive with motorist privilege cards at just over 23,000, according to DMV figures.

Motor vehicle bureau spokesmen David Fierro in Carson City and Kevin Malone in Las Vegas said six-month figures were still being tallied. But they said the application response has been heavy – mostly from international immigrants who aren’t eligible for a regular driver’s license and to people transferring driver privilege cards from other states.

teen_driverSome state officials have projected that 60,000 people could be eligible to apply for the Nevada cards. The state has more than 2.75 million residents.

Malone said that an initial rush of applications had subsided.

State Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, co-sponsor of a law passed last year and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, has said the goal of the program was to make Nevada roads safer.

Program fees of $22.25, plus $25 for a driver’s test, are expected to cover costs. Cards must be renewed annually.

Fierro said officials were working with advocacy groups to stem instances of applicants being gouged for fees by people translating official documents from foreign countries using other languages into English.

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  • July 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    Puzzled in PA says:
    Since the individuals are here illegally, does the Nevada law (or any other stae law) make any effort to assist in identifying these illegal aliens to the Federal Government? ... read more
  • July 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    Not so sure, Libby says:
    Bet the people at WalMart would not know the difference.
  • July 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    Renoscs says:
    This was an absolute terrible law that was passed. Why is it legal to be illegal in Nevada, or any other state for that matter?? Why is this country determined to destroy it... read more
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