Driver's license fingerprint requirement repealed in Georgia

| 5/11/2005

Starting July 1, 2006, for the first time in a decade, motorists in Georgia won’t have to give up their prints when they apply for or renew their driver’s licenses.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law HB577, which repeals a fingerprint requirement for driver’s license applicants that’s been on the books since 1996. The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, also requires the DMV to destroy all current fingerprint records that have been acquired through the policy.

“This battle has been going on for nearly a decade,” Loudermilk told the Rome News-Tribune of the fiercely debated bill. “I was just fortunate to have my name on the bill when it finally passed.”

According to the News-Tribune, the bill also tightens security for illegal aliens attempting to get a license, and provides a temporary license for non-U.S. citizens who legally enter the country, which expires the same day their authorization to be in the U.S. expires.