Thursday, May 6, 2010

DMV stops issuing Real ID licenses

DMV stops issuing Real ID licenses

CARSON CITY -- High security driver's licenses won't be issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles for now or anytime in the near future.

A proposed DMV regulation to give citizens the option of securing the Real ID-compliant driver's licenses was not placed on the agenda of Friday's Legislative Commission, a spokesman said Wednesday.

That leaves the agency with no authority to issue these licenses, which it calls Advance Secure Issuance licenses. Citizens needed to show extra identification before being issued the new licenses.

A temporary regulation issued by Gov. Jim Gibbons that allowed the new licenses expired on April 30.

In the first four months of the year, 46,000 Nevadans had secured the Real ID licenses, including 21,000 who were not required to under the regulation.

"Everything we do is in the Nevada Revised Statutes or in regulation," said Tom Jacobs, a DMV spokesman. "Both are approved by the Legislature. We can't move forward without legislative approval."

Gibbons had issued the 120-day regulation, despite the fact the 2009 Legislature did not pass a bill to allow the DMV to issue Real ID licenses and a legislative committee in November declined to act on regulations to let the agency move forward with the licenses.

The DMV spent $2 million, including $750,000 in state funds, to set up systems and prepare staff for the new licenses.

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