This week we took an important step forward in making Texas and its residents safer. The Texas Department of Public Safety will now require non-U.S. citizens to prove they are in this country legally before they can get a driver's license from the state. Once they do, the license will have a "Temporary Visitor" notice with the card's expiration date clearly printed.
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today joined local and community leaders in a unified effort to recruit the federal Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to San Antonio.
“As a state with an innovative business culture and robust biotechnology industry, Texas is uniquely suited to host this facility,” Gov. Perry said. “San Antonio provides unique advantages, including its skilled workforce, scientific community and transportation infrastructure that will provide the facility the resources it needs to fulfill its vital role in our national defense.”
Immigrants must now prove they are in the United States legally to obtain new driver's licenses and identification cards, which will indicate their status, under new Texas Department of Public Safety rules.
Regulations require proof of lawful status for non U.S. citizens or non permanent residents
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today praised the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for implementing new guidelines requiring non U.S. citizens to present proof they are in this country legally before being issued an original, renewal or duplicate Texas driver license or identification card.
“Texas is a great place to live and work, and while we welcome legally documented individuals to the Lone Star State, we must ensure that this privilege is not abused by those seeking to enter our country illegally,” Gov. Perry said. “The safety of Texans remains a paramount concern of my administration, and these new guidelines will provide additional security.”