DALLAS, Texas (1080 KRLD) – Next time you head to the DMV lawmakers will want your finger prints on file before you can get your drivers license renewed.
Texas lawmakers have passed legislation that allows the Department of Public Safety to get all ten of your fingerprints the next time you renew your drivers license. And the DPS quietly began doing that this year.
“The finger prints are to insure you are who you say you are,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
The DPS says that your fingerprints will recorded to help cut down on identity theft, fraud and terrorism.
McCraw says technology has made use of fingerprints possible but denies the assertion by some civil liberties advocates that it’s government intrusion.
But critics claim there’s no reason a person’s fingerprints should be a per-requisite for driving a car.
Kurt Schwarz of the ACLU Texas says fingerprints are not necessary to drive, it’s just a way for lawmakers to gather more information about you.
“The justification for all this is essentially that the Government is going to capture all of the information they possibly can – from everyone,” said Schwarz “and you have to trust them not to use it unless they suspect you of wrongdoing.”
Schawrz says undoing such a law like this is almost impossible.
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