DMV begins issuing Driver Authorization Cards

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Updated: 1/02/2014 3:23 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Thursday is the day the Department of Motor Vehicles has been working towards for six months. It's the launch of the Driver Authorization Cards, and already there is been a big turnout of applicants.

Senate Bill 303 was passed during last year's legislative session. It allows illegal immigrants to obtain "Driver Authorization Cards" after providing the necessary documents. Lawmakers who supported this bill believe it will make the roads safer.

The law went into effect Wednesday, but DMV offices were closed. Northern Nevada DMV employee David Fierro tells us there was a line outside the Galletti Way location Thursday morning. Nearly 60,000 people are expected to apply for the new cards this year, and the DMV hired 18 new employees throughout the state to help with the wave of applicants.

Fierro has this advice if you are planning to go to the DMV anytime soon. "We encourage people who may have a choice to come in later to come in maybe next week when things die down a bit."

Fierro says there have not been any major issues with applications so far. But he stresses the importance of going online beforehand to make sure you have all the documentation you may need.

You can check for the proper documentation, and also view current wait times at
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