- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Sandia National Laboratories has returned to accepting New Mexico driver’s licenses for visitors to gain entry to its facilities.

A Sandia official said Monday that a New Mexico driver’s license is now acceptable by itself to verify a person’s identity to access the premises.

New Mexico last week was given an extension until October to meet tougher federal identification requirements for driver’s licenses after the state Legislature approved new rules for immigrant driver’s licenses.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign legislation that stops the practice of providing state driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of legal status.

Immigrants in the country illegally will be able to get newly created driver’s authorization cards by submitting fingerprints. Immigrants that already have licenses can skip the requirement.

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