A new Texas rule will force immigrants to prove that they are living in the United States legally before they can obtain a driver's license. The new rule, which went into effect on October 1, also requires vertical licenses instead of horizontal ones issued to U.S. citizens.
Anyone who attempts to obtain a new license or renew a license who cannot prove that they are legal to be in the U.S. will be turned away. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said illegal immigrants will not be arrested unless there is an issued warrant for their arrest.
The verical licenses will also include the stamped words "temporary visitor" to differentiate them from regular licenses. Immigrants with permission to reside in the U.S. for six moths or less will be denied licenses as well.
The new rule is consistent with federal law passed after September 11 that requires states to ensure they issue licenses to only legal residents.
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Updated: Thu, May 14th 2009 @ 10:49am EDT