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
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
Yes Yes 2D added in May 2008 New Jersey Yes New Mexico Yes Yes 2D added in 2008 New York Yes Yes** North
Yes Pre 2007 Encrypted – TokenWorks has Decryption Algorithm North
Yes Ohio Yes Yes Added 2D Barcode 4/2009 Oklahoma Yes Oregon Yes Pennsylvania Yes Removed Magnetic Stripe as of June 17th 2017 Rhode
Yes Yes South
Yes Tennessee Yes Texas Yes Yes Added 2D barcode April 2009 Utah Yes Vermont Yes Yes Yes** Virginia Yes Washington Yes Yes** West
Yes Wisconsin Yes Switched from Mag to Barcode in Sept. 2005 Wyoming Yes U.S. Dept.
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
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.