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Nevada's New Laws 2014

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The lines were long at 5:30am Thursday at Reno's DMV office, even though the doors didn't open until 8 a.m. In fact, lines were long for most of the day in all of the state's DMV offices. And not just because it was the first day of the first month of a new year and people had business to attend to, no, today's lines were of thousands of undocumented residents wanting to apply for Driving Authorization Cards.

"This is the first day they could apply and people were in line early just to make sure they had the chance to apply immediately," said DMV Public Information Officer David Fierro.

During last year's legislative session it was estimated that as many as 60,000 undocumented residents were here and hoping for such a chance.

Julio Jarquin of Carson City is just one of them. When I asked him how much it meant to him he could hardly contain himself. "Oh my God! A lot! A lot," he said. "I got cited a few months ago for not having a driver's license so this means a lot to me that I can get this and be driving legally."

Applicants need to supply proof of identity and of residency and all of their papers need to be translated by one of the translators on the DMV's website before they can be processed. And all information is protected so that it can't be transferred to immigration officials.

"I have ten people that I work with and that I am related to who were planning to be here this morning," Jarquin said from the Carson City DMV today. "I don't see them yet but they will all be here. This is awesome. It's great!"

Other laws of note that went into effect for the New Year include the DMV going to an 8-year cycle for all driver's licenses to save money; a tax credit being offered to the film industry to spark business; and an earlier opening to the candidate filing season in Nevada. This election cycle filing opens January 6th.

Written by Erin Breen

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