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New Jersey Driver's License Numbers

by Alan De Smet

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The following is from an email message from a contributor who has declined credit. This is just a very early draft, I'll reorganize it soon. If you happen to have additional information, or can supply some data points, please let me know.

The state is changing to a new license format in January of 2004. The driver's license number (near the top of the license) looks like it is staying the same. The serial number (at the bottom of the license) might be changing).

License Number

License number format is:

Allll fffmm MMyye

A is alpha, rest are numeric

first letter of last name
encoding of last name, starting with 2nd letter, approximately linear from 0000 to 9999
B0001 Baab
J0062 Jackson
K2278 Keimel
K2394 Kellen
L4563 Leinwand
encoding of first name, using the same numerical encoding
407 John
529 Matthew

encoding of middle initial, using the same numerical encoding

61-A  71-J  82-S
62-B  72-K  83-T
63-C  73-L  84-U
64-D  74-M  85-V
65-E  75-N  86-W
66-F  76-O  87-X
67-G  77-P  88-Y
68-H  78-Q  89-Z
69-I  79-R  00-NONE
month of birth and sex -
01 for january male
12 for december male
51 for january female
62 for december female
year of birth (last 2 digits)
eye color
Not sure what these are for:

[Name encoding is] approximately linear, if the last name is "Qxxyz", it might appear as "Q9895" or somesuch (encoding the "xxyz"). If it is "Carey" it might appear as "C0342" or somesuch (encoding the "arey"). I'm not sure how many letters it takes into account when encoding, but I expect 4-5. First names and middle initials follow, except that they encode starting from the 1st character for the first name and encode just the initial for the middle name.

License Serial Number

XX LLyyyyDDDnnnn TYP  dd.cc

This appears below the signature line. It is unique to each issued license. XX and LL are alpha. yyyy DDD nnnn are numeric. TYP is alpha. dd.cc is numeric.

This one we were not really sure of. We believed that it was the initials of the official at the DMV that issued the license, but this was a guess.
location code, indicating which DMV office issued the license
WK = Wyckoff
LO = Lodi
(there are about 25 others)
year the licensed was issued
day of the year the license was issued (Jan 1 = 001, Dec 31 = 365) (these two match the issue date displayed on the license)
daily serial number - if the license was issued early in the day, this number would be low. As the day progresses, this number increases (probably one per license). If you were there at 8am it could be 0014. If you were there past noon, it could be 1200 at a busier DMV office.
license type
INI = initial license
REN = renewal
(there are others)
cost of license in dollars and cents, mine was 18.00

Photo code

Three digit number in the upper left corner, partially overlapping the photo..

170 for age 0-18
??? for age 18-21
101 for age 21+

Thanks to Reid Sullivan and BrooklynBob for providing much of this information.

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