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Appeals Court: Stricter ID Rules At BMV Okay

Last updated on Thursday, October 2, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Toughened BMV requirements to prove your identity before getting a driver’s license withstood a court challenge — but the state still must pay $112,000 to three illegal aliens who challenged the rules.

The immigrants filed a class-action suit in 2002, contending stricter ID requirements were unconstitutional.

They lost that claim, but the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in 2005 the BMV had violated notice requirements in imposing the rule.

The BMV fixed the procedural error in 2006. When you get sued and lose, you generally have to pay legal fees.

The state argued since it won the main point, it shouldn't have to pay. A 2-1 appeals court disagrees.

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