DPS Appeals Driver's License Ruling

Agency appealing judge's ruling

The Department of Public Safety is appealing an order that blocks the agency from enforcing new rules preventing some legal immigrants from getting a driver's license.

Attorneys for the state filed notice Friday to appeal a temporary injunction by State District Judge Orlinda L. Naranjo in Austin. The appeal notice would stay the injunction, keeping the current DPS license and identification rules in effect.

Since last year, the DPS has been requiring non-U.S. citizens applying for identification cards and drivers' licenses to have visas issued for at least a one-year stay. Those visas must still be valid for at least six months after being presented to the agency in order to get a license or ID.

The judge this week ruled the DPS acted outside its scope of authority when it adopted the policy last year.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund sued.

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