Florida Drivers License Number Format

By Mary Jane Freeman
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If you're moving to the Sunshine State, one of your first stops upon arriving will likely be the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to get a state driver's license. Like many states, drivers must take both a driving and written exam, which covers such things as vision, hearing and rules of the road. Those with valid out-of-state licenses only need to take the vision and hearing tests. Once issued, your new Florida license will have its own unique 13-digit identification number, which begins with a letter followed by 12 numbers.

Driver Information Stored on Your License

In addition to your license's unique 13-digit number, it also includes a barcode and magnetic strip on the back. This stores all the information located on the front of the card such as your photo, name, address, date of birth, height, weight, sex, signature and license expiration date. The back of your card also lists your specific driver class, such as the Class E designation for non-commercial drivers, and whether your driving privileges have any restrictions, conditions or endorsements. This would include such things as the requirement to wear contacts or glasses while driving, being able to drive for business purposes only or only during daylight hours, or being able to drive passenger vehicles if you have a commercial license.

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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