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Driver’s License Format by State

When ordering Motor Vehicle Records, PSP Reports or CDLIS Reports it’s important to obtain a photo copy of the driver’s license as many states will not return a report if the Driver’s Name or License number do not match what is in their system.  Per federal law, the SSN has been phased out as a driver license number.

The table below shows the state along with the most common License Format.

State License Format
Alabama 7 or 8#s
Alaska 7#s
Arizona 1 Alpha + 8#s
Arkansas 9#s or SSN*
California 1 Alpha + 7#s
Colorado 9#s
Connecticut 9#s
Delaware 1-7#s
District of Columbia 7#s
Florida 1 Alpha + 12#s
Georgia 9#s or SSN*
Hawaii H + 8#s
Idaho 3 Alpha + 6#s
Illinois 1 Alpha + 11#s
Indiana 10#s
Iowa 3#s + 2 Alpha + 4#s
Kansas K + 8#s
Kentucky 1 Alpha + 8#s
Louisiana 0 + 8#s
Maine 7#s
Maryland 1 Alpha + 12#s
Massachusetts S + 8#s or  SA + 7 Numbers
Michigan 1 Alpha + 12#s
Minnesota 1 Alpha + 12#s
Mississippi 9#s
Missouri 1 Alpha + 9#s
Montana 13#s
Nebraska 1 Alpha + 8#s
Nevada 12#s
New Hampshire After 10/11/2017: 3 Alpha + 8 #s
Prior to 10/11/2017: 2#s + 3 Alpha + 5#s
New Jersey 1 Alpha + 14#s
New Mexico 9#s
New York 9#s
North Carolina 12#s
North Dakota 3 Alpha + 6#s
Ohio 2 Alpha + 6#s
Oklahoma 1 Alpha + 9#s
Oregon 1 Alpha + 6 or 7#s
Pennsylvania 8#s
Rhode Island 7#s or V + 6#s
South Carolina 6-11#s
South Dakota 8#s or SSN
Tennessee 9#s or 7-8#s (old)
Texas 8#s
Utah 4-10#s
Vermont 8#s or 7#s + A
Virginia 1 Alpha + 8#s
Washington 5 Alpha + 3#s + (2 Alpha or 2#s) or WDL + 9 Letters or Numbers + First 5 of the Last Name + First Initial + Middle Initial + 3 Numbers + 2 Letters/Numbers
West Virginia 7#s + 1-2 Alpha + 5-6#s
Wisconsin 1 Alpha + 13#s
Wyoming 9#s
Updated 12/18/2020