The judge issued a temporary restraining order against the state’s "residency verification plan." The judge ruled the law would cause irreparable harm to the applicants.
Under the plan, the state mailed 10,000 notices over the summer to foreign nationals with driver’s licenses notifying that they must prove - in person - their residency in the state.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has said the law is necessary to weed out fraud in a system that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
A spokesperson for Martinez said the judge’s decision is standard procedure as the court looks to thoroughly examine the program.