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.