When you renew your license, does the license number change?
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No. The driver’s license number you got when you first applied will stay with you as long as you reside in the same state. When you move to a different state, they will issue you a new number.
If your driver’s license number is the same as your Social Security number, you can request to have it changed due to risk of identity theft.
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No, it doesn’t.
Even if your license is stolen, when they issue you a new license, you keep the same license number.
They are very reluctant to change the number, ever, even with a police report in hand, without a court order.
This is because a driver’s license isn’t really identification.
Think about it: if you have ever been required to present your license, other than at a pharmacy, where they want to run it to get your address to send you advertising, the only thing they do is record information — they don’t verify that the license is valid, with the DMV, nor do they verify the license has not been revoked, with the DMV, and so on.
There’s no protection for authentication, only for non-repudiation, which is what the DL was intended to provide: You get a ticket, the ticket counts against you.
Your drivers license? No, that number stays with you for life within the issuing state. Even if you surrender your license and opt for an ID card instead. That number will be assigned to your new I.D. card.
The only time your state drivers license or ID card number will not be the same is if you apply for a DL/ID in another state. But when you come back to your home state the DL/ID number you were issued will be the same as it was before you left.
That depends upon the state. Having renewed licenses in several states – MA, TX, CA, OK, & MO, I can say that at the time that I renewed, the license number did not change in those states.
I was a MO resident for a number of years, moved out of state for several years, and then returned last year. My “new” MO license has the same number as the one that I carried when I left the state.
In California, your drivers license is also your state-issued ID. The number does not change no matter how many times you renew it. I’ve had the same license number since 1978.
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No. The one you have, you have for life.
Your drivers license or vehicle license tag? The tag is changed every five years( in Florida). Your drivers license is the same throughout it existence
As long as you stay in the state that issued the license, the number is yours as long as you keep renewing it. If you move to a different state, you will get a new number, but again, as long as you renew in that state, the number is yours.
No, however most jurisdictions will add a unique document identifier to each produced card as an additional layer of security. It’s like the CVV code for a Visa credit card.
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No. However, mine did. My state driver’s license was a letter followed by six digits. They ran out of combinations and they added another digit after the letter. The actual number stayed the same, they simply added a ‘0’ after the letter and then my old number sequence.
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I renewed my California driver’s license by mail for years. Even though I had a CDL, I had a clean driving record and DMV feels they can give me a pass and spend their time on the drivers who have proven from their driving record that they need to be looked at to see if they really should be driving. After a couple of expiration cycles, they wanted me to come in to renew my license. I commented on the fact that I had not been into a DMV office for years to renew and she said, “Yes, I know and and we miss you. We just wanted to see what you looked like. Stand right over here with your toes on the line so we can get a fresher picture of you.”
No. If you stay in the same state, ͏y͏o͏u get the same #. I switched from a class C, to a commercial class A license in Nevada and the number is still the same.
Driver’s license numbers change if the state that issues them changes the numbering system. Otherwise, they’re supposed to stay the same.
When I moved to Nevada in 1979, the state used a combination of the licensee’s initials and date of birth for the license number, e.g. TD500201 for me, if I was born on February 1, 1950 (which I wasn’t). That was when only about 800,000 people lived in Nevada. Some licenses had no photos.
In the early 1980s, they changed to using the licensee’s Social Security number. This was before identity theft was a big crime problem, and the SSN was a commonly-used identifier.
They changed from that to a unique number that is derived from the SSN. That is the one they’re using today, so far as I know. If I moved back to Nevada, I would have the same license number as when I left.
My first license was in California. I still remember my license number, because that’s the kind of weird memory I have. If I moved back there, I would have that number again, even though I haven’t had it for 40 years.