How to Find My Former Driver's License Numberby Mary Jane FreemanUpdated July 18, 2023
Although the exact rules differ between states, most drivers in the U.S can access their driving records by submitting a request to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 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.
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. This process is helpful for obtaining your former driver's license number, as well as other information such as license suspensions, driving history, and vehicle registration.
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. This method allows you to retrieve your driver's license information, including any past license suspensions, over the phone.
Another option is requesting your driver record online. Driver records not only contain your old driver's license number, but also 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, which may include your ID card number, birth certificate information, or other verifying information. 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. This method allows you to access your driving history and obtain a certified copy of your driving record.
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 / social security card, 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. This method ensures that you receive a certified copy of your driver history, as well as any information regarding license suspensions or violations.
By utilizing these methods, you can easily find your former driver's license number and access your driving history. It is important to note that the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) regulates the access and dissemination of personal information contained in DMV records—your driving information is not on a public record. Only authorized individuals, such as law enforcement, insurance companies, and individuals with a legitimate interest, are allowed access to this information. Whether you choose to visit the DMV in person, make a phone inquiry, request online services, or submit a mail request, these options will help you obtain the necessary information, while adhering to the guidelines outlined by the Department of Motor Vehicles and ensuring the privacy and security of your driver's license information.
Visit your own state’s DMV website to find out about how you can receive your driver record. These websites are “.gov” web addresses, and they should provide you with all the information you need regarding your driving records.
- Michigan Secretary of State: Driving and Vehicle Record Request
- California Department of Motor Vehicles: Contact Us
- Michigan Bureau of Driver and Vehicle Records: How To Effectively Interpret Information Found On A Driving Record
- New York Department of Motor Vehicles: Abstract of Driving Record Sample
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.