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Real ID and Standard Nevada Driver’s License – What is the Difference?

Real ID - In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to establish minimum standards for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.

After October 1, 2021, all Americans will need a Real ID-compliant driver’s license in order to board any commercial aircraft or enter secure federal buildings.

If your driver’s license has a gold star in the upper right corner, you have a Real ID.

Nevada came into compliance with the Real ID Act on November 12, 2014, so all driver’s licenses issued after this date are Real ID-compliant.


Standard Nevada Driver’s License - Standard licenses or ID cards have a heading stating “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE."

These cards were issued prior to November 12, 2014, and will remain valid until expiration. Licenses and ID cards are marked “LIMITED TERM" when immigration documents are used to prove identity.

These expire at the same time as the holder's U.S. Visa. Standard Nevada Driver’s Licenses meet Nevada proof of identity standards.

Standard Nevada Driver’s License does not contain the gold star in the upper right corner and they will not be accepted in order to board any commercial aircraft or enter secure federal buildings on or after October 1, 2021.

DMV Nevada Real ID Info Page

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