LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles plans to accept a wide variety of documents to prove identity and residency from noncitizens applying for driver privilege cards.
In addition, the agency does not intend to require translated documents to be notarized.
The DMV was hosting a public hearing Wednesday in Carson City, with closed-circuit testimony also slated in Las Vegas and Elko, ahead of consideration of rules by the state Legislative Commission on Oct. 22.
The program goes into effect on Jan. 1. Tens of thousands of people who don't have legal U.S. residency are expected to apply.
The law makes Nevada one of several states letting people without legal U.S. residency obtain DMV-issued cards. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last week adding his state to the list that also includes Utah, New Mexico, Illinois and Washington. Connecticut, Colorado and Oregon passed similar laws this year.
The cost of obtaining verified document translations for people seeking the cards in Nevada was a key concern during a workshop in August.
The DMV responded with a proposal putting the cost of obtaining a card at $22.25, plus $25 for a driver's test, department spokesman Kevin Malone said Tuesday.
The state won't certify document translators but will post a list on its website for people to find the service, Malone said. A proposal to require notarization was dropped.
A driver authorization card law was approved this year by the state Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, leaving implementation up to motor vehicles department.
Backers say the law will make Nevada roads safer because it will let motorists who can't currently get driver's licenses take a driving test, get insurance and drive legally. The fees collected are expected to pay for the program.
The cards can't be used as official identification to board a commercial aircraft or enter a U.S. federal building.
Officials have said the cards must be renewed annually. Applicants will need to verify their identity with documents such as a passport, birth certificate, military identification or a federal Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood.
Residency can be proven with at least two documents such as a driver's license from another state, a consular identification card, rent or lease receipts, public utility bills, bank statements, educational records, credit card bills or employment check stubs, according to the DMV.
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