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Driver’s License Format Details



Introduction: A full range of document security features used within state and federal identification documents. Each of 20 different security techniques has a photographic sample of the security feature in use, and an accompanying description. The relevant procedure for identifying and validating each technique is also covered.


I. Format of all State Identification Cards

Shown alphabetically by state:

  • Covering all valid formats of driver’s licenses, minor’s licenses, commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), and nondriver identification cards. Includes:
    • Security features (holograms, UVs, microprints) with drivers license format information on placement of bar codes and mag stripes
    • Back of license data
    • All classes and operating endorsements, including motorcycle requirements
    • School bus driver’s requirements
    • Details on license term, license number, and duplicate license policies
    • Details on license extensions for military personnel
    • Phone numbers for central authority for state issuance and enforcement

Canadian Identification Cards 

Shown alphabetically by province:

  • Coverage includes all of the license information detailed above under State Identification Cards.

Territorial Identification Cards 

Shown alphabetically by territory:

  • Coverage includes all of the license information detailed above under State Identification Cards.

Liquor Control Cards 

Shown alphabetically by state and province:

  • Address, phone, and contact for ABC board
  • Legal drinking age and legal age for purchasing tobacco
  • Liquor control cards (pictured)

II. Vehicle Registration

License Plate Section 

Shown alphabetically by state and province:

  • Shows standard-issue plates and details
    required annual sticker colors. Includes
    coverage of Passenger vehicles, commercial
    trucks by size, and motorcycles.

Registration Information: 

Shown alphabetically by state and province:

  • Number of plates
  • Size and description of plates
  • Expiration and enforcement periods
  • Disposition of plates upon sale
  • Alphanumeric licensing system
  • Address and telephone for issuing agency

III. Federal Identification

Uniformed Services 

Showing identification for all branches of the military in each of the following categories:

  • Common Access Card
  • Geneva Conventions Identification Card
  • Identification and Privilege Card
  • Civilian Identification
  • Inspector's Identification
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary ID Card
  • U.S. Government Motor Vehicle Operator’s ID Card
  • Merchant Marine Credential
  • U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Credential

Immigration Documents 

Showing current and prior issue documents
for aliens and naturalized citizens, including:

  • U.S. Electronic Passport
  • Passport Card
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Departure Record
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • Temporary Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Nonimmigrant Visa and Border Crossing Card
  • Nonresident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
  • Permit to Re-Enter
  • Refugee Travel Document
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card
  • Identification Card for Resident Citizen in the United States
  • Nonimmigrant Visa
  • Crewman's Landing Permit

Social Security 

Lists first three numbers by state of issuance

U.S. Department of State  

Driver’s License and Identification Card Diplomatic Tax Exemption Cards
Diplomatic Immunity Cards

Canada Permanent Resident Card

Shows current and prior issue cards for immigrants in Canada with permanent resident status

Consular ID Cards 

Issued by foreign consulates in the United States to their citizens living in the United States

IV. Commercial Documents

Credit Cards 

Full-color, actual-size reproductions,

  • American Express Company
  • Diners Club International
  • Discover
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Visa, Inc.


U.S. currency samples and information
on newest design

Travelers Cheques 

Full-color reproductions, descriptions, denominations, showing:

  • American Express
  • BankAmerica
  • Citicorp
  • Thomas Cook
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

V. Directory


  • Executive Offices
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Selective Service System
  • Social Security Administration
  • Surface Transportation Board
  • United States Postal Service
  • Postal Inspection Service


  • Adjutants General
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Attorneys General
  • Aviation/Airports
  • Banking
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Data
  • Criminal Justice Planning
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • Gaming and Wagering
  • Governors
  • Highway Patrol
  • Highway Safety
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Licensing
  • Lotteries
  • Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Parole and Probation
  • Vital Statistics


Single U.S. Identification Manual:
(Includes 6 months of updating services)
$150.00 U.S.

DIV., Drivers License Guide Co.,
Dept. IS2010, 1492 Oddstad Drive
Redwood City, CA 94063
TEL: 800-227-8827 FAX: 650-364-8740