Under pressure from state lawmakers, the Texas Department of Public Safety will stop collecting electronic images of an applicant’s 10 fingerprints before issuing a driver’s license.
DPS made the announcement Friday, saying the change will take effect Monday. 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 “questions raised by a number of legislators regarding the statutory authority of DPS.”