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Press Release

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Larry Crowe, DMV PIO
(603) 227-4200

New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles Changes the Way a Driver License Number is Assigned

Concord NH - The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) transitioned to a new computer system on October 11th, 2017. A new security feature implemented with the new system includes a change to the way a driver license number, now called a credential identifier, is assigned.

The upgraded system now issues New Hampshire driver licenses with three letters and eight randomly assigned digits for a total of 11 characters. This is a change from the current 10 digit driver license numbers in use today which were based on a person’s name and birth date.

"The DMV is pleased to provide this additional layer of privacy and security for its customers," DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki said.

The change to the 3 letter and 8 digit identifier impacts all New Hampshire driver licenses issued on or after October 11th, 2017. Current licenses will remain valid until their scheduled renewal.

This change completes the updating of the design of the New Hampshire driver and non-driver identification cards.

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