The DMV wants to give every Nevadan a gold star.

It would go on the top right corner of a driver’s license, indicating it is a Real ID, which meets federal security standards.

Starting Oct. 1, it will take a Real ID to fly in the United State or get on a military base like Nellis Air Force Base.

And nearly 1 million Nevadans have yet to upgrade their licenses.

To get an upgrade, people have to show proof of identity in the form of a social security card and a birth certificate. They also have to show proof of address and if someone has changed his or her name, he or she must show proof of that change - for every name change. So, if someone has been married and changed her name several times, she must show marriage certificates for those changes.

“What it means is that you have verified your identity once again,” Kevin Malone, a spokesman for the Department of Motor Vehicles, told State of Nevada.

Malone said the agency is putting on a series of meetings across the state on Wednesday for people to review their Real ID documentation.

Now, if you don't have a Real ID, Malone said there isn't a need to panic and rush in to get one.

“What we say is: Determine whether you need a Real ID and when you want to get it,” he said.

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The biggest hang-up is air travel. The TSA will be looking for the gold star before letting people travel.

You can travel domestically with a passport and a regular id card. The TSA also has a list of other documents that are acceptable instead of a Real ID.

But air travelers who want to just use their driver's license to travel must have Real ID. 

The state has also set up a website at with answers to Real ID questions.


Kevin Malone, spokesperson, Department of Motor Vehicles

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