Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Unveils New Design for Driver’s Licenses

The next new driver’s license or ID card you get from the Nevada DMV will have a new look and updated safety features, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The rollout of the new Nevada driver’s license begins July 12 and will continue through July and August.

“Our new licenses and IDs are sleek and modern, but still pay homage to Nevada’s heritage. They also have enhanced security features that help protect Nevadans from identity theft and assist our law enforcement agencies, ”said DMV Director Julie Butler.

The new design will be phased in at each of the state’s 18 DMV offices as camera equipment at each location is upgraded.

Cards issued by the Sahara office in Las Vegas will feature the new design from July 12. Reno’s office will begin issuing the new design on July 14. DMV online services will convert to the new cards no later than August 1. All DMV offices will issue the new credentials by September 1st. All cards will continue to be sent to customers.


The new license was designed by a committee of DMV experts working closely with the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, other law enforcement agencies and the map production partner of the DMV, Idemia.

The Nevada “Battle Born” badge appears prominently on the front of the license and is supplemented by the year of the State of Nevada, 1864.

To capture the state’s diversity and sheer growth, the map design team incorporated two Nevada skylines. The front of the map features the Las Vegas skyline while the back of the map proudly displays Carson City. The back of the card gives an artistic interpretation of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the beach in the Black Rock Desert to provide a unique portrait of Nevada.

A unique twist is that the Federal Real ID marker has been changed from a golden circle to the Nevada outline.


The card contains high-end open and secret security features. These features are built into the entire card, some of which are personalized for the cardholder. The card meets and in some cases exceeds all federal security standards to protect the people of Nevada for the life of the credentials. The enhanced security features of the new ID include:

A repeated laser-etched ghost image from the photograph

A laser ablation or engraving of the cardholder’s initials and year of birth on top of the driver’s photo

The holder’s date of birth is rephrased in large letters with a raised print

The background features a guilloche safety pattern with waves and patterns printed in very fine lines that cannot be digitized or easily reproduced

High resolution “split fountain” print in which background colors change from blue to green and back to blue on the face of the card

What about my current license?

Previously issued credentials are still valid until the expiration date shown on the card. Individuals are not required to replace their current driver’s license or ID card unless their current credentials expire, the holder needs a duplicate card, or there is a need to update information such as a name or address change.

The Nevada DMV unveiled the current design in 2008 and made significant changes to it in 2014.

See Driver’s license designson the DMV website for more information.

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