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Relating to the issuance of a driver's license by an entity other than the Department of Public Safety.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2931 would authorize a qualified entity to issue a temporary receipt for a drivers license to an applicant who holds a learner license issued by the Department of Public Safety. It would also authorize DPS to authorize and set standards for certain entities to administer, train, and certify examiners to administer the required examination for a driver's license.
Finally, the bill would require DPS to develop a process for a qualified entity to electronically transmit to the department the documents and information required by the department for the issuance of a driver's license to a qualifying applicant.
The purpose of this bill is to provide a mechanism for a drivers license to be issued to a person who takes the driver's license exam through an entity contracted by DPS without having to go back to DPS and wait in line to have the physical license issued.
To the extent that this bill would make the issuance of drivers licenses easier and lessen the amount of time that Texans have to waste at DPS drivers license offices, this bill is in alignment with limited government and individual liberty. For these reasons we support HB 2931.