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Driver’s License Number: Where is it? What is it?

Your driver’s license number is a unique combination of letters and digits assigned to you when you apply for your first driver’s license in a state. 

It’s how the DMV identities you when you take care of tasks for your license and vehicle. 

Beyond the Department of Motor Vehicles, you actually use your driver’s license for a lot of things, such as:

  • Car insurance quotes.
  • Lease agreements. 
  • Background checks. 
  • Financial institutions. 

It’s also one of the key pieces of information you’ll need to complete tasks at the DMV – especially online.

Where to Find Your Driver’s License Number

Where is Your Driver's License Number

Your driver’s license number is always located on the front of your license.

In many states, you can find it listed next to the item “4d”. 

It is often also labeled as one of the following:

  • ID
  • DL
  • DLN
  • LIC
  • LIC#
  • dNO
  • D
  • Customer/Credential Identifier.

If you’ve lost your driver’s license and need to know your license number, there are a few ways you can usually find it.  

Continue reading to see what a driver’s license looks like in each state and how to find your driver’s license number. 

We’ve provided a quick guide for each state’s license to help you locate your:

  1. Driver’s License Number (Usually item “4d” and/or one of the qualifiers listed above).
  2. Issue Date (Usually item “4a” and/or ISS).
  3. Expiration Date (Usually item “4b” and/or EXP).

Alabama

Alabama Driver's License Number

The Alabama driver’s license number is located towards the center of the licenses next to “NO.”

Alaska

Alaska Driver's License Number

You can find your Alaska driver’s license number in the top left of the license next to “4d.”

Arizona

Arizona Driver's License Number

Arizona driver’s license numbers are typically listed in the top right of the license next to “4d” and “DLN.”

Arkansas

Arkansas Driver's License Number

Your Arkansas driver’s license number is usually in the center of the license next to “4d” and “DLN.”

California

California Driver's License Number

The California driver’s license number can be found towards the center of your license next to “DL.”

Colorado

Colorado Driver's License Number

A Colorado driver’s license number can be found near the center of your license near “4d” and “Customer Identifier.”

Connecticut

Connecticut Driver's License Number

The Connecticut driver’s license number is found towards the center of the license next to “4d” and “Lic #.”

Delaware

Delaware Driver's License Number

A Delaware license number is near the top center of the license next to “4d” and “DL No.”

Florida

Florida Driver's License Number

The Florida driver’s license number is typically in large print towards the top center of your license.

Georgia

Georgia Driver's License Number

A Georgia driver’s license number can be found towards the top center of the license next to “4d” and “DL NO.”

Hawaii

Hawaii Driver's License Number

Your Hawaii driver’s license number is listed in the center of the license next to “4d.”

Idaho

Idaho Driver's License Number

The Idaho driver’s license number is usually listed in the top right corner of the license next to “4d.”

Illinois

Illinois Driver's License Number

An Illinois driver’s license number is listed towards the top center of the license near “4d” and “LIC NO:”

Indiana

Indiana Driver's License Number

Indiana driver’s license numbers are printed near the top center of the license next to “4d” and “DLN.”

Iowa

Iowa Driver's License Number

An Iowa driver’s license number is found near the center of the license next to “4d.” and “DL No.”

Kansas

Kansas Driver's License Number

The Kansas driver’s license number is near the top next to “4d.” and “LIC NO.”

Kentucky

Kentucky Driver's License Number

A Kentucky driver’s license number is printed towards the top center next to “4d.” and “DLN.”

Louisiana

Louisiana Driver's License Number

The Louisiana driver’s license number can be found towards the center of license under “License/ID NO.” 

Maine

Maine Driver's License Number

A Maine driver’s license number can be found near the top center of the license next to “4d” and “DL NO.”

Maryland

Maryland Driver's License Number

The Maryland driver’s license number is printed in the center of the license under “Customer Identifier.”

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Driver's License Number

A Massachusetts driver’s license number can be found towards the right of the license next to “4d” and “NUMBER.”

Michigan

Michigan Driver's License Number

The Michigan driver’s license number is printed next to the top center of the license. 

Minnesota

Minnesota Driver's License Number

A Minnesota driver’s license number is printed towards the center of the license next to “4d” and “DL#.”

Mississippi

Mississippi Driver's License Number

The Mississippi driver’s license number is near the center of the license near “4d” and “ID NO.”

Missouri

Missouri Driver's License Number

A Missouri driver’s license number is found near the center of the license near “4d” and “DL NO.”

Montana

Montana Driver's License Number

The Montana driver’s license number is near the center of the license next to “4d” and “LIC #.”

Nebraska

Nebraska Driver's License Number

A Nebraska driver’s license number is near the top center of the license next to “4d” and “License No.”

Nevada

Nevada Driver's License Number

The Nevada driver’s license number is towards the bottom center of the license next to “4d” and “DL NO.”

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Driver's License Number

The New Hampshire driver’s license number is towards the top right of the license next to “4d” and “Credential Identifier.”

New Jersey

New Jersey Driver's License Number

Your New Jersey driver’s license number is near the center of the license next to “DL.”

New Mexico

New Mexico Driver's License Number

The New Mexico driver’s license number is towards the top center of the license next to “License #.”

New York

New York Driver's License Number

The New York driver’s license number is near the top center of the license next to “ID.”

North Carolina

North Carolina Driver's License Number

Your North Carolina driver’s license is towards the top center of the license next to “4d” and “DLN.”

North Dakota

North Dakota Driver's License Number

A North Dakota driver’s license number is near the center of the license next to “4d” and “LIC#.”

Ohio

Ohio Driver's License Number

An Ohio driver’s license number is near the top center of the license next to “4dNO.”

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Driver's License Number

The Oklahoma driver’s license number is towards the top right of the license next to “Lic No.”

Oregon

Oregon Driver's License Number

The Oregon driver’s license number is near the top center of the license next to “4d NO.”

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Driver's License Number

A Pennsylvania driver’s license number is near the center of the license next to “4d DLN:”

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Driver's License Number

A Rhode Island driver’s license number to towards the top right of the license next to “4d” and “LIC #”

South Carolina

South Carolina Driver's License Number

The South Carolina driver’s license number is located in the top center of the license next to “4d DL #”

South Dakota

South Dakota Driver's License Number

The South Dakota driver’s license number is located in the top center of the license next to “4d LIC NO.”

Tennessee

Tennessee Driver's License Number

A Tennessee driver’s license number is found towards the center of the license next to “DL NO.”

Texas

Texas Driver's License Number

The Texas driver’s license number is near the top center of the license next to “4d DL.”

Utah

Utah Driver's License Number

The Utah driver’s license is towards the top center of the license next to “4d.”

Vermont

Vermont Driver's License Number

A Vermont driver’s license number is near the center of the license next to “4d License NO.”

Virginia

Virginia Driver's License Number

A Virginia driver’s license number is near the top center next to “Customer Identifier.”

Washington

Washington Driver's License Number

Your Washington driver’s license number is near the top enter next to “4d LIC#”

West Virginia

West Virginia Driver's License Number

A West Virginia driver’s license number can be found towards the center of the license next to “4d.”

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Driver's License Number

The Wisconsin driver’s license number is towards the top center of the license next to “4d.”

Wyoming

Wyoming Driver's License Number

The Wyoming driver’s license number is near the top center next to “4d.”

Washington DC

Washington DC Driver's License Number

A DC driver’s license can usually be found in the top center of the license next to “4d” and “DLN.”

How to Find Your DL Number If You Lost Your License

If you have your driver’s license handy, or an expired license, you can find your driver’s license number front and center. 

However, if you’ve lost your license, you may actually still need your license number to order a replacement. 

Here are some other places where you may find your driver’s license number:

  • On an old or expired license
  • On your vehicle registration. 
  • On renewal notices you’ve received from the DMV. 
  • On car lease or car loan agreements. 
  • In your car insurance policy. 
  • On your driving record

If those options fail, you may need to visit your local DMV office and present proof of your identity in order to get a replacement.

Driver’s License Number Lengths and Formats by State

Each state has a slightly different numbering system for creating driver’s license numbers. 

In the past, some states simply used your Social Security Number, however, that has been phased out. 

Please refer to the table below to find your state DMV’s typical driver’s license format.

StateDriver’s License Number Format
Alabama1-8 numbers
Alaska1-7 numbers
Arizona1 letter, 8 numbers or 9 numbers
Arkansas4-9 numbers
California1 letter, 7 numbers
Colorado9 numbers or 1-2 letters + 2-6 numbers
Connecticut9 numbers
Delaware1-7 numbers
Florida1 letter, 12 numbers
Georgia7-9 numbers
HawaiiH, 8 numbers or 9 numbers
Idaho2 letters, 6 numbers + 1 letter, or 9 numbers
Illinois1 letter, 11-12 numbers
Indiana1 letter + 9 numbers or 9-10 numbers
Iowa9 numbers or 3 numbers + 2 letters + 4 numbers
Kansas1 letter + 8 numbers, or 9 numbers
Kentucky1 letter, 8-9 numbers, or 9 numbers
Louisiana1-9 numbers
Maine7-8 numbers or 7 numbers + 1 letter
Maryland1 letter, 12 numbers
MassachusettsS + 8 numbers or 9 numbers
Michigan1 letter, 10-12 numbers
Minnesota1 letter, 12 numbers
Mississippi9 numbers
Missouri1 letter + 5-9 numbers, 8-9 numbers + 1-2 letters, or 9 numbers
Montana1 letter + 8 numbers, 9 numbers, or 13-14 numbers
Nebraska1 letter, 6-8 numbers
Nevada9-10 number, 12 numbers, or X + 8 numbers
New Hampshire2 numbers + 3 letters + 5  numbers
New Jersey1 letter, 14 numbers
New Mexico8-9 numbers
New York1 letter + 7-18 numbers, 8-16 numbers
North Carolina1-12 numbers
North Dakota3 letters, 6 numbers or 9 numbers
Ohio1-2 letters, 3-8 numbers, or 8 numbers
Oklahoma1 letter, 9 numbers or 9 numbers
Oregon1-9 characters
Pennsylvania8 numbers
Rhode Island7 numbers or V + 6 numbers
South Carolina5-11 numbers
South Dakota6-12 numbers
Tennessee7-9 numbers
Texas7-8 numbers
Utah4-10 numbers
Vermont8 numbers or 7 numbers + A
Virginia1 letter, 8-11 numbers or 9 numbers
Washington12 total characters (7 letters + 5 letters or numbers)
West Virginia7 numbers, 1-2 letters, 5-6 numbers
Wisconsin1 letter, 13 numbers
Wyoming9-10 numbers
Washington DC7-9 numbers

What is a DD Number or Audit Number on a Driver’s License?

Listed near the bottom or on the back of some state driver’s license is something that’s referred to as an Audit Number, a draft number, or a DD number. 

DD stands for “Document Discriminator.”

A DD number or audit number on a driver’s license is unique to each new license you receive (i.e. when you renew your license). 

You may be asked for the audit number in order to verify your identity for online tasks with the DMV.

This number is an additional way to prevent driver’s license fraud. 

Other Important Information on Your Driver’s License

In addition to your driver’s license number, your official driver’s license will also contain the following information and items:

  • The expiration date. 
  • Your full name. 
  • Your address.
  • Your date of birth. 
  • The issue date of the license. 
  • Whether or not you are registered as an organ donor. 
  • Your photograph. 
  • Your signature. 
  • Your gender, height, weight, and eye color. 
  • Restrictions. 
  • Endorsements.
  • Class of license. 
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