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Double Down on Las Vegas Licenses

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The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has welcomed the New Year by initiating two new programs that will give Nevada drivers something to smile about.

First and foremost, the department will be offering driver’s licenses that are valid for eight years, double the old four-year limit. The previous law allowed a four-year license to be extended for one four-year period. The new eight-year driver’s licenses are scheduled to be introduced over the next several years.

Motorists born in even-numbered years will receive an eight-year license at their next renewal. The license fee is hiked up to $41.25 (increased from the current $19 four-year fee) and drivers must appear in person at a DMV office.

Those born in an odd-numbered year are limited to a four-year license renewal through 2017. With a license fee set at $22.25, renewals for this group can be transacted via the Internet, mail or kiosk. They will be eligible to apply for their eight-year licenses starting in 2018. Beginning in July 2014, eight-year commercial licenses will be issued.

Motorists age 65 and older are limited to four-year licenses due to requirements associated with eyesight and medical issues.

Recognizing those who have served

The second program recognizes Nevada’s military veterans, allowing them to get a new license with a special designation reflecting their military service. Veterans with an honorable discharge will be able to have their service noted on their licenses or identification cards next to the license number.

The special designation will be distinguished by the word “VETERAN” in blue placed next to the license or ID card number. Those seeking the designation are required to bring a DD-214 discharge form for the next renewal or send a copy with a mailed renewal.

The designation has been implemented in more than a dozen other states. The visible identification has helped veterans gain access to veterans’ services as well as discounts at retail stores and restaurants. Moreover, it will provide the state abstract data about where veterans live, which will assist in planning where to offer and improve services to veterans.

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