Driver Privilege Cards Top New Nevada Laws in 2014 - 8 News NOW

Driver Privilege Cards Top New Nevada Laws in 2014

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LAS VEGAS -- Tens of thousands of Nevada immigrants living in the United States without legal permission will be able to get behind the wheel and travel the roads of the Silver State legally under a new law that takes effect with the new year.

SB303 was passed overwhelmingly by the 2013 Nevada Legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada's first governor of Hispanic descent.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing the Drivers Authorization Cards starting Jan. 2, 2014. It will allow Nevada residents who don't meet citizenship requirements to drive legally. Supporters of the legislation believe it will make the roads safer.

"They want to follow the law and they want to keep their record clean," said Omar Gonzales, a driver who supports the new law.

He believes it will also bring in money for insurance agencies and companies that translate foreign documents which are needed to get the drivers card.

"They were advertising come to us. They were advertising on Spanish radio and TV," he said.

Margaret Oliveras says she knows of undocumented immigrants  who drive without a license and she doubts getting a drivers card will make them any safer on the road.

"Is the license going to make them stop? Or look left or right or slow down? It's not," Oliveras said.

It's expected some 60,000 people will head to a DMV to apply for the card.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

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