How can you tell if a driver's license is valid?


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Some markers of a valid driver's license include a unique number and the classification of the vehicle the license holder is allowed to drive. It should also include identifiers such as the license holder's full name, gender, height, eye color and photograph.

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As of 2015, most states employ holographic seals, kinegrams, digital watermarks, and biometric information or other methods of security formatting. Consult a list of security formatting for each state, and compare the method with the driver's license. In many cases, a driver's license is invalid if it has expired.

Driver's licenses are used as one form of identification for air travel. States such as Washington use driver's licenses to ensure that people who purchase alcohol are of age. Expired driver's licenses are deemed invalid in such cases. The license must show a photograph and the holder's date of birth and signature.

All drivers in the United States must have a license to drive. Some people have licenses, forget them and get pulled over. In such cases, they may be able to show by other ways that they have a license, or they may be warned or get a ticket. If they are ticketed, they can prove later that they do have a license, and avoid a fine.

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