DPS Statement Regarding Driver License Fingerprinting Process
AUSTIN, February 7, 2015 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is statutorily required to enforce the laws passed by the Texas Legislature. As such and based on concerns and questions raised by a number of legislators regarding the statutory authority of DPS to collect all 10 fingerprints in order to obtain a driver license (DL) or identification (ID) card, effective Monday, Feb. 9, the department will cease collecting all 10 fingerprints in order to obtain a DL or ID card.
The department will continue to comply with Texas Transportation Code, Section 521.059*, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2005, which requires the department to collect “an applicant’s thumbprints or fingerprints.” The department will comply with any further direction or legislative action taken by the Texas Legislature regarding this matter.
*Sec. 521.059. IMAGE VERIFICATION SYSTEM. (a) The department shall establish an image verification system based on the following identifiers collected by the department:
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1108 (H.B. 2337), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.