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Aug 1, 2014 3:10 PM by Sara Donchey

DPS Now Requiring All 10 Fingerprints to Renew Drivers Licenses

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you're heading out to get your drivers license renewed, you'll need to bring more than your patience and a pretty smile for your photo.

The Department of Public Safety now requires all ten fingerprints to renew your license.

And a lot of folks still aren't aware of the new procedure.

DPS said the change will prevent fraud and identity theft.

The agency will even be able to link your drivers license prints to crime databases.

So is all that a hassle or is it just a necessary part of the process?

People waiting at the Corpus Christi DPS office had mixed feelings about it.

"I think that's fine, I mean it identifies us," said Laura Johnson. "If they need to find us...you know, if something were to happen to us, our fingerprints would be on file."

Others were more skeptical and pointed to a potential invasion of privacy.

"It's kind of like if you're being processed in a precinct or what not," said Alfredo Mireles. "It's kind of a little extreme."

The only way to opt out is to not renew your license.

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