SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Only the governor's signature is needed for New Mexico to move forward with a plan to make the state's driver's licenses compliant under federal identification requirements, while still providing driving privileges to many immigrants who are in the country illegally.
New Mexico's House of Representatives voted 65-1 on Monday to approve a Senate bill and send it to Gov. Susana Martinez.
The Republican governor has praised the legislation that would require immigrants in the country illegally to submit fingerprints before getting new driving authorization cards. Those fingerprints would be given to the FBI for background checks.
Immigrants in the country illegally who currently have New Mexico driver's licenses, meanwhile, can skip the fingerprinting requirement.