Equipment used to produce Nevada driver’s licenses is in the hands of
thieves after a vehicle burst through the rear window of a state DMV office in
North Las Vegas, the agency announced March 7.
The suspects, who have not yet been caught, took a digital camera, the
computer to produce licenses, the license printer, license blanks and the
material to laminate the finished product.
DMV officials, in a news release, said that without being connected to
the department’s computer application, the equipment “has limited use.”
However, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, authorities
were concerned that fake licenses produced with the equipment “could trigger a
“The potential of what they can do with it runs the gamut, from ID theft
to check fraud,” Tim Bedwell, a North Las Vegas Police Department spokesman,
told the newspaper.
North Las Vegas police and the DMV’s Compliance Enforcement Division are
investigating the incident. Meanwhile, officials at the DMV said the agency
would post 24-hour security until repairs to the facility are completed.
About 1,700 blank driver’s licenses were taken with the equipment, the