Coverage Chart

Machine Readable Driver’s License Technology

  • Drivers License Machine Readable Technologies for U.S. Jurisdictions (March 2014)

    2D Barcode Magnetic Stripe, 2D Barcode Magnetic Stripe, 2D Barcode, Radio Frequency 2D Barcode, Radio Frequency

     

    Jurisdiction Magnetic Stripe 2D Barcode Radio Frequency Notes
    Alabama  Yes Yes  Mag Added June 2005
    Alaska Yes
    Arizona Yes Yes
    Arkansas Yes Yes
    California Yes Yes  2D Added 2009
    Colorado Yes Yes
    Connecticut Yes
    Delaware Yes
    District
    of Columbia
    Yes
    Florida Yes Yes  2D Added 2004
    Georgia Yes  Encrypted Prior 11/2009
    Hawaii Yes
    Idaho Yes
    Illinois Yes  Encrypted Prior 6/2013 – TokenWorks Can Decrypt pre 6/13
    Indiana Yes
    Iowa Yes 2D Barcode (Removed Magnetic Stripe in 2010)
    Kansas Yes Yes  2D Added May 2004
    Kentucky Yes
    Louisiana Yes Yes
    Maine Yes
    Maryland Yes  2D Added and Mag Removed in 2004
    Massachusetts Yes
    Michigan Yes Yes Yes** 2D Added 3/2011 – Mag Stripe has only 3 fields – DOB, Expiration, DL Number.  2D has all fields.
    Military
    IDs – Both Dependent/Retired and CAC
    Yes
    Minnesota Yes Yes 2D added in 2004 – 2D has only full name, DOB, DL Number.   Mag has all fields.  RF EDL added 2/2014.
    Mississippi Yes Yes
    Missouri Yes
    Montana Yes  2008 Switched from Mag to 2D
    Nebraska Yes
    Nevada Yes
    New
    Hampshire
    Yes Yes  2D added in May 2008
    New Jersey Yes
    New Mexico Yes Yes  2D added in 2008
    New York Yes Yes**
    North
    Carolina
    Yes  Pre 2007 Encrypted – TokenWorks has Decryption Algorithm
    North
    Dakota
    Yes
    Ohio Yes Yes  Added 2D Barcode 4/2009
    Oklahoma Yes
    Oregon Yes
    Pennsylvania Yes  Removed Magnetic Stripe as of June 17th 2017
    Rhode
    Island
    Yes
    South
    Carolina
    Yes Yes
    South
    Dakota
    Yes
    Tennessee Yes
    Texas Yes Yes  Added 2D barcode April 2009
    Utah Yes
    Vermont Yes Yes Yes**
    Virginia Yes
    Washington Yes Yes**
    West
    Virginia
    Yes
    Wisconsin Yes  Switched from Mag to Barcode in Sept. 2005
    Wyoming Yes
    U.S. Dept.
    of State
    Yes
    Totals: 17 53 4

    * Found only on older versions.
    ** Enhanced DL/ID only.

  • Technologies for Canadian Jurisdictions (March 2014)

    2D Barcode Magnetic Stripe, 2D Barcode, Radio Frequency 2D Barcode, Radio Frequency None
    Jurisdiction None Magnetic Stripe 2D Barcode Radio Frequency Notes
    Alberta Yes  Partially Encrypted Prior 2007
    British Columbia Yes Yes Yes*  2D Barcode Added 2/2009
    Manitoba Yes Yes*  2D Barcode from 2008
    New Brunswick Yes
    Newfoundland Yes
    Northwest Territories Yes
    Nova Scotia Yes  2D Barcode from 2006
    Nunavut Yes
    Ontario Yes Yes Yes*  2D Barcode from 2007
    Prince Edward Island Yes
    Quebec Yes Yes*  2D Barcode from 2009
    Saskatchewan Yes
    Yukon Territory  Yes  New License in 2010
    Totals: 2 13 4

Comments

Many states have recently begun issuing licenses with 2D bar codes. In some states they are adding a 2D bar code to a license which has a magnetic stripe and in others states the license did not have a magnetic stripe. States take 4 – 6 years to fully convert all licenses to the new formats, with the youngest drivers getting the new format.