June 23, 2008
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to Nevada under the 2008 REAL ID Demonstration Grant Program. Nevada is one of four states receiving funds for partnering with the lead hub state, Missouri, for pilot implementation and verification testing.
This program is designed to standardize drivers’ licenses and protect against fraud and identity theft. These funds will be used to help the Department of Motor Vehicles enhance the integrity of driver’s licenses and ID cards, their issuance and security.
“I am pleased DHS took Nevada’s need for this program into consideration when awarding these funds,” Reid said. “As one of the states hit hardest by fraud and identity theft, this money will go a long way toward implementing a program that will streamline the process of issuing drivers’ licenses while protecting all Nevadans.”
“Fraud and identity theft are very real concerns across the country, especially in Nevada,” said Ensign, who has been a leader in the Senate when it comes to preventing identity theft. “We have all heard too many stories about friends or relatives falling victim to identity theft. We’re pleased to announce this money today because it will help fund a program designed to minimize this threat that we all face.”