Undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens) may drive in Nevada with a driver authorization card (DAC). Illegal aliens may get DACs without showing a U.S. passport or birth certificate.
The DMV does not turn over information about DAC-holders to the feds. But the DMV will deny DACs to anyone with unpaid traffic tickets or revoked licenses.
Below our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys explain how illegal aliens may drive in Nevada.
1. Can undocumented immigrants get a Nevada driver’s license?
No, but illegal aliens may drive in Nevada with a DAC. This is short for a driver authorization card.
DACs look nearly identical to driver’s licenses. But they are not valid identification to board aircraft. They also cannot be used to apply for state benefits.
2. If I apply for a DAC, will the DMV give my information to ICE?
No. Under NRS 481.063, it is illegal for the DMV to notify the feds about undocumented immigrants.
3. How do I get a DAC in Nevada?
Applicants must go to a Nevada DMV office in person and bring the required documents:
- Proof of identity;
- Proof of Nevada residency; and
- Translations of any non-English documents
Applicants with a suspended license or unpaid traffic tickets in any state may not get a Nevada DAC.
3.1. DAC proof of identity
Undocumented immigrants can show proof of identity by one of the following:
Otherwise, undocumented immigrants can show proof of identity by two of the following:
3.2. DAC proof of residency
Immigrants can prove residency by two of the following.
|Dated within the last 60 days||Last-issued document|
3.3. DAC translations
Translated documents must be typed and signed by a DMV Approved Translator with the disclaimer:
“I, [insert translator’s full legal name], certify that the foregoing is a complete and accurate translation from [insert foreign language] to the English language to the best of my ability. I further certify that I am fully competent to translate from [insert foreign language] into the English language and that I am proficient in both languages.
DMV Approved Translator Number: ________________”
4. Can I drive commercial vehicles with a DAC?
No. Commercial drivers require a commercial driver’s license.
5. How long are DACs valid for?
DACs issued on or after July 1, 2017, are good for four years. These DACs expire on the card holder’s birthday.
DACs issued prior to July 1, 2017, are good for one year from the date it was issued.
6. How do I renew my DAC?
Go to a Nevada DMV in person and bring two proofs of Nevada residency. (See section 3 above for acceptable documentation.)
7. Can I drive in another state with a DAC from Nevada?
Yes, but check with that state’s DMV to make sure.
8. Can documented immigrants get a driver’s license?
Yes, non-citizens with lawful status may get a Nevada driver’s license. They should apply for a license within 30 days of moving to Nevada.
9. Can I drive with a driver’s license from another country?
Foreigners lawfully in the U.S. as a visitor or tourist may drive in Nevada with a foreign license. But the only way illegal aliens may drive in Nevada is with a DAC.
10. What is the penalty for driving without a license or DAC?
- 6 months in jail, and/or
- $1,000 in fines
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Learn more about DAC requirements at the Nevada DMV DAC information page.