A Nevada state ID credential is available as a standard or REAL ID-compliant card. However, the specific requirements of applying for an identification credential vary slightly depending on the card type. To obtain a REAL ID-compliant credential, for instance, applicants may need to submit additional documents to verify their identities. While Nevada residents may use a standard ID credential as proof of their identification, only REAL ID-compliant cards will be accepted for federal purposes after October 1, 2020.

Moreover, an ID card is not the same as a drivers license, as an identification credential does not provide residents with driving privileges. To operate a motor vehicle, Nevada residents must purchase a driving license or a driver authorization card. Unlike an identification card or driver’s license, however, Nevada residents cannot use driver authorization credentials as proof of their identities. To learn more about purchasing an identification credential in Nevada, review the sections below.

Nevada DMV ID Requirements

Nevada DMV state ID requirements include minimum age restrictions, as customers cannot obtain identification credentials, unless they are at least 10 years of age. Additionally, cardholders must reside in the state of Nevada during the time of application. If customers do not permanently reside in Nevada, but remain in the state for at least 31 consecutive days each year, they may obtain a seasonal resident ID. However, tourists cannot obtain identification credentials.

As part of the ID card requirements under the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), customers cannot hold an identification credential and a driver’s license at the same time, even if the cards are from different states of issuance. After purchasing a new identification credential, the DMV will hole-punch the existing card.

If residents do not meet DMV ID card requirements in NV, they may qualify for a driver authorization credential. With this type of credential, residents may operate a motor vehicle, but they cannot use the card as valid proof of identification. However, driver authorization cards are only available to those who are at least 18 years of age. If applicants are younger than 18 years of age, they must complete a driver education program, obtain an instruction permit and meet any other requirements for operating motor vehicles in the state.

What do you need to get an ID in Nevada?

“What do you need to get a state ID in Nevada?” DMV applicants may wonder. When applying for identification credentials in the state, specific requirements vary, depending on whether customers wish to purchase a REAL ID-compliant or standard identification credential. To obtain a standard credential, several documents needed for state ID eligibility include:

  • One proof of identity. Acceptable documents include a certified state-issued birth certificate, a U.S. passport, a Department of Corrections ID, an out-of-state driving or identification credential, a Certificate of Naturalization or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • Proof of any name changes. If an applicant’s current name differs from the name on his or her identification document, he or she must present proof of the change. This may include a court order or marriage certificate. In some cases, a customer may need to present proof of multiple name changes.
  • An Application for an ID Card or Driving Privileges (DMV-002). Customers may complete this form ahead of time, or they may obtain the application from their local DMV offices. When completing the form, customers must check the appropriate box for a “REAL ID,” “Standard” or “Seasonal Resident card,” depending on the type of credential they wish to obtain.
  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN). To obtain a government-issued ID in Nevada, acceptable proof of an SSN includes a Social Security card, a pay stub or a W-2 or 1099 form.
  • Two proofs of residential address. As evidence of Nevada residency, state ID applicants must present two proofs of residential address, such as a recent credit card statement, rental agreement, or voter registration card. However, these documents must have been dated within the previous 60 days, and they must include a name and residential address.
  • Payment for the NV DMV ID card fee. The state DMV accepts cash, money orders, checks and credit cards as payment. If paying with a credit card, customers must use a Visa, MasterCard or Discover brands. Additionally, customers who pay by cash, money order or check must pay the exact amount of the fee.
  • As proof of state residency, applicants may be eligible to submit a Certification of Nevada Residency, a Relief Agency or Shelter Certification and/or a Property Owner Residency Affidavit.

How to Get an ID in Nevada

Customers must know where to get state ID credentials before completing the initial application process, as obtaining this information in advance saves them time, and helps them to get their new identification materials as quickly as possible. For instance, Nevada residents must apply for identification credentials in person, at a local DMV office, as other application methods are not available at this time.

To find a DMV location, a list of full-service offices is available under the Department’s website. When visiting the Nevada DMV to get ID credentials, customers must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application, proof of identity and state residency
  2. Surrender an existing driver’s license, permit or identification credential, if applicable
  3. Take a new photograph
  4. Pay the applicable fee

If DMV state ID applicants are at least 16 years of age during the time of application, they may also elect to become organ donors. If customers are between 16 and 18 years of age, however, parents or guardians may choose to sign an affidavit under the second page of the application.

After completing these steps, customers will receive an interim document that may be used as temporary proof of identity. However, applicants will receive their permanent cards in the mail within 10 business days.

REAL ID Cards in Nevada

A Nevada REAL ID card complies with federal identification standards under the REAL ID Act of 2005. Beginning October 1, 2020, all Nevada residents must present a REAL ID-compliant credential before they may board commercial aircrafts or enter certain federal facilities. While residents may use a standard identification credential for these purposes until October 1, 2020, individuals will need a REAL ID-compliant identification credential, passport card or passport book after this date, if they wish to board commercial aircrafts or enter federal facilities.

To apply for REAL ID credentials in Nevada, the process is the same as that of purchasing a standard identification credential. For instance, several documents required for REAL ID credentials include the following:

  • One proof of identity
  • Proof of all name changes, if applicable
  • Proof of SSN
  • Two proofs of Nevada residency
  • An Application for ID Card and Driving Privileges

When obtaining a REAL ID or standard identification credential, customers may also need to submit their military discharge papers, if they wish to add a veteran designation to their cards. Additionally, customers may need to submit a Certification of Nevada Residency (DMV 005), Relief Agency or Shelter Certification (DMV 115) or a Property Owner Residency Affidavit (DMV 116) as proof of state residency.

How to Renew or Replace a State ID in Nevada

To replace a lost ID card in Nevada, or to obtain a duplicate credential after the original sustains damage or mutilation, customers may purchase a replacement document online, through their MyDMV accounts, or in person, at a larger DMV location. However, customers who wish to upgrade their standard credentials to the REAL ID-compliant card must do so in person.

In addition to obtaining a replacement ID card, Nevada residents may renew their credentials in person, online, by mail or via fax. To renew their credentials online, by mail or via fax, however, customers need a full-page DMV renewal notice. Additionally, applicants must complete a Payment Authorization Slip (VP 205) if they wish to renew by mail or fax.

DMV ID Costs in Nevada

Typically, ID costs in Nevada vary depending on the age of the applicant, the credential’s validation period and the nature of the request. However, customers must pay $4.25 whenever they need to update the address information on their cards, or $8.25 to change other types of information, or upgrade a standard credential to a REAL ID-compliant card.

If upgrading to a REAL ID-compliant credential during the time of card renewal, however, there is no additional fee. To further define the cost of purchasing, renewing or replacing an identification credential, review the figures below:

  • Applicants between 10 and 17 years of age:
    • The DMV ID cost of purchasing, renewing or replacing an eight-year credential is $10.25
    • The cost of renewing or replacing a four-year limited credential is $7.25
  • Applicants between 18 and 64 years of age:
    • The cost of purchasing, renewing or replacing an eight-year credential is $22.25
    • The cost of renewing or replacing a four-year limited credential is $13.25
  • Applicants older Than 65 years of age:
    • The DMV ID price of purchasing or replacing an eight-year credential is $12.25
    • The cost of purchasing or replacing a four-year limited card is $8.25
    • The cost of renewing any type of credential is $4.25
Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.