CARSON CITY — Two new programs being implemented by the Department of Motor Vehicles starting next week should make life a bit easier for a lot of Nevadans.
As a result of bills passed by the 2013 Legislature, the agency on Jan. 2 will be offering driver’s licenses good for eight years instead of four.
And Nevada veterans will be able to get a new license with a special designation reflecting their military service, making it easier for the men and women who served in the armed forces to obtain the various benefits available to them.
The new eight-year driver’s licenses will be phased in over the next several years.
Motorists born in even-numbered years will get an eight-year license at their next renewal. The fee is $41.25 and drivers will have to appear in person at a DMV office. The fee is double the current $19 four-year license fee. There is also a $3.25 card production fee.
Those born in an odd-numbered year will receive a four-year license renewal through 2017. Renewals for this group for the shorter duration licenses can be done via the Internet, mail or kiosk. The fee is $22.25. This group will get their eight-year licenses starting in 2018.
Eight-year commercial licenses will be issued beginning in July 2014.
Motorists age 65 and older will receive four-year licenses only because of requirements related to eyesight and medical issues.
The longer lasting licenses were approved as a convenience for motorists. Current law allows a four-year license to be extended for one four-year period. The new law will eliminate this requirement, which will also save the agency some money in sending renewal requests.