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DPS stops taking 10 fingerprints before issuing driver's license

Under pressure from state lawmakers, the Texas Department of Public Safety has stopped collecting electronic images of an applicant's 10 fingerprints before issuing a driver's license.


DPS made the announcement last Friday, with the change taking effect yesterday.


DPS says it still plans to comply with a 2005 state law requiring the department to collect "an applicant's thumbprints or fingerprints." The agency had started the practice of collecting all 10 fingerprints last year.


The expanded fingerprinting raised concerns that it was an intrusion into personal privacy. There was also criticism that DPS had overreached by expanding its authority beyond what was provided by the 2005 law.


In announcing the change, DPS cited that there were questions raised by a number of legislators regarding the statutory authority of DPS.

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