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How to Find My Former Driver's License Number

by Mary Jane Freeman

Introduction

Although the exact rules differ between states, most drivers in the U.S can access their driving records by submitting a request to the state department of motor vehicles. If you just want to know your former driver's license number, you should be able to get this information with a phone call or visit to the relevant DMV office. In other instances, you might have to order your complete driving record to get this information. This usually requires submitting an official request and paying a fee.

In-Person Request

If you live in the same state where your old driver's license was issued, visit your local DMV office. Present photo identification such as your current driver's license or passport to confirm your identity. You might also have to complete a records request form and pay a fee.

Phone Inquiry

Another potentially expedient way to get your past license number is to call the DMV. The customer service number is likely posted on the "Contact Us" page of the department's website, along with the days and times of the week when you can speak with a customer service representative. You will be asked to identify yourself with such information as your name, Social Security number and date of birth.

Online Request

Another option is requesting your driver record online. Driver records not only contain your old driver's license number, but other details such as points and traffic convictions accumulated on your record, past and present. To access your information online, you will be asked to provide certain identification details. In Montana, for instance, you must enter your first and last name, current driver's license number and last four digits of your Social Security number. Virginia gives you a choice between entering your current driver's license number or Social Security number along with your date of birth. In any state, a fee is typically required to access your record online.

Mail Requests

You can also request a copy of your driver record by mail. Some states, including Michigan, also allow drivers to submit these requests by fax or phone. When ordering your record this way, many states require you to submit a specific form, usually available online from the DMV's website. The form typically requests such information as your name, address, Social Security number and date of birth, and must be accompanied by a fee. In other states, such as Colorado, you can make the request by mailing a signed letter.

About the Author

Based on the West Coast, Mary Jane Freeman has been writing professionally since 1994, specializing in the topics of business and law. Freeman's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including LegalZoom, Essence, Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times. Freeman holds a Master of Science in public policy and management and Juris Doctor. Freeman is self-employed and works as a policy analyst and legal consultant.

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