13 thoughts on “US Drivers License Barcode Attributes by State

  1. Michigander

    The PDF417 code on a Michigan license encodes DOB, lastname, firstmiddlenames, date of issue, date of expiration, address, DL number, and a long string I haven’t found a meaning for yet.

    I’ll go pester your source.

  2. Justin

    This information is both incomplete and highly outdated. PDF417 barcodes are now mandatory on all state-issued ID/DL cards in the United States and they must comply with one of the published AAMVA (http://www.aamva.org/driver-licensing-identification/) design standards. States can no longer encrypt the information specified in the design standard, but they can (and many do) include other encrypted information within the barcode in addition to the required data fields. However, despite the fact that it presents quite erroneous data, the color map is still quite pretty… If you’re going for style over substance, you can haz win.

    1. Steve

      I’ve been trying to find a definitive list or information that indicates all states support this and I cannot find it. Any links to an official source listing the states would be great.

    1. Papa Bear

      Illegal? Depends on the state laws. You can refuse to allow them to do it, but on the same note they can also refuse you service.

  3. Lisa Zocklein

    Have a question about if you lose your license and get a new one made, if someone finds you ID can they use it to buy medicine and how can you find out who is buying it or has your info?

  4. Dorian Brazy-Courtney

    My concern is motive, & intent. Followed by fraud,theft & murder for hire. We, the public do not know the morals the character of the person scanning our driver license.
    There is cause for concern. The old saying is “ a pat on the back will set you back.” Many crooks are there looking for all the world as being there to help you out.


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