All 51 Driver License Designs Ranked Worst to Best

Here at Aceable, we help people get their driver licenses. And since there’s a listicle for everything these days, we thought we’d make one for driver license designs, ranking them worst to best.

A note about driver licenses: There’s lots of restrictions when it comes to designing them due to a recently passed Act of Congress called Real ID. This act requires state IDs, or driver licenses, to have tons security features that they didn’t have before — so if your license design has changed in the last few years, that’s probably why. While not all driver licenses are currently Real ID compliant, state governments are working toward it because citizens boarding an airplane will be required to have Real ID by 2020. 

In short, don’t take these driver license design rankings too seriously. The design is less important than what they enable you to do (drive, duh.) But if your state ranks at the top of the list, definitely brag about it. Now on to the rankings!

51. Oklahoma

I’m so sorry, Oklahoma, but you’re last.

oklahoma driver license
image via NewsOk.com

50. New Hampshire

Couldn’t find a good image of a New Hampshire driver license, so by default … 

49. Illinois

Designer: What you want, fam? 

Driver License Office Employee: You know the patterns that a lie detector makes?

Designer: Say no more.

illinois driver license
image via DailyHerald.com

48. Oregon

Should we color in the rest? Nah, just leave it white.

oregon driver license
image via Oregon.gov

47. Ohio

Ohio did color in the rest. 

ohio driver license
image via Cleveland.com

46. Utah

Keepin’ it minimalistic.

utah driver license
image via PublicSafety.Utah.gov

45. Louisiana

The best part of this sample license is that that’s not even a picture of a real human, but rather what appears to be a VINTAGE BARBIE.  

louisiana driver license
image via Nola.com

44. Pennsylvania

Simple and straightforward.

pennsylvania driver license
image via DMV.PA.gov

43. Indiana

Very pink.

indiana driver license
image via CBS4Indy.com

42. Connecticut

Also pink. Plus, sail boats.

connecticut driver license
image via NBCConnecticut.com

41. Nebraska

Feel like that’s the palace in the Wizard of Oz.

nebraska driver license
image via DMV.Nebraska.gov

40. Washington 

I see you Mount Olympus.  

 

washington driver license
image via DOL.WA.gov

39. South Dakota

Mount Rushmore is cooler cause it has faces.

south dakota driver license
image via KELOLAND.com

38. Massachusetts

There’s a lot happening. 

massachusetts driver license
image via Twitter.com/MassDOT

37. New Jersey

Ooh, capitol fading into state outline.

new jersey driver license
image via NJ.com

36. Vermont

Green, naturally.

vermont driver license
image via SevenDaysVT.com

35. South Carolina

Palmetto! Iconic.

south carolina driver license
image via SCNow.com

34. Michigan 

Nice bridge.

michigan driver license
image via Michigan.gov

33. Iowa

Wind power for the win.

iowa driver license
image via IowaDOT.gov

32. North Carolina

No Wright Bros. airplane?

north carolina driver license
image via NCDOT.gov

31. Wisconsin

Sorry, Wisconsin, but everyone did the capitol building thing.

wisconsin driver license
image via Wisconsin.DOT.gov

30. Kansas

Another capitol building.

kansas driver license
image via KSN.com

29. Alabama

Capitol building, again.

alabama driver license
image via Alea.gov

28. New York

Very periwinkle.

new york driver license
image via DMV.NY.gov

27. Virginia

Looks like it could be foreign currency.

virginia driver license
image via PilotOnline.com

26. Missouri

The first of many licenses that went with the city skyline concept.

missouri driver license
image via KMBC.com

25. Texas

Ditto Missouri.

texas driver license
image via NBCDFW.com

24. Tennessee

Ditto Missouri, ditto Texas.

tennessee driver license
image via WKRN.com

23. Nevada

A+ use of wildlife.

nevada driver license
image via DMVNV.com

22. Minnesota

The gradient on that font, though.

minnesota driver license
image via DPS.MN.gov

21. Alaska

Mountains plus lots o’ squiggles.

alaska driver license
image via DOA.Alaska.gov

20. Georgia

Them Georgia peaches.

georgia driver license
image via Team.Georgia.gov

19. Florida

Aww, Nick Sample. <3

florida driver license
image via CF.edu

18. West Virginia

Ooh, an actual photograph of mountains this time.

west virginia driver license
image via Transportation.WV.gov

17. Washington DC

 Looks like a purple-y map of Europe.

washington dc driver license
image via WAMU.org

16. Arkansas

Executed the ombré effect well.  

arkansas drivre license
image via DFA.Arkansas.gov

15. Mississippi

Spirograph pattern on point.

mississippi driver license
image via WJTV.com

14. Montana

Not the best of the mountain-themed licenses, but also not the worst. 

montana driver license
image via Missoulian.com

13. California

Bears!

california driver license
image via CADMV.Wordpress.com

12. Arizona

The Grand Canyon. Nice, but predictable.

arizona driver license
image via AZDOT.gov

11. Kentucky

Pleasant-looking pastures.

kentucky driver license
image via Transportation.KY.gov

10. Idaho

Pretty scenery, soothing colors.

idaho driver license
image via IDT.Idaho.gov

9. Maryland

Abstract. Also, the only license to fully utilize the state flag.

maryland driver license
image via DelmarvaNow.com

8. Delaware

Tropical looking (despite Delaware not being very tropical).

delaware driver license
image via DMV.DE.gov

7. Wyoming

Bucking broncos. Cowboys. The epitome of the wild, wild west.

wyoming driver license
image via BillingsGazette.com

6. North Dakota

Bison!

north dakota driver license
image via DOT.ND.gov

5. Maine

Moose! (cuter than bison)

maine driver license
image via Maine.gov

4. Colorado

Font. Color palette. Yes.

colorado driver license
image via Colorado.gov

3. New Mexico

Desert scenes and geometric patterned everything.

photo via NMPoliticalReport.com
image via NMPoliticalReport.com

2. Rhode Island

Sailboats, rocky cliffs, the setting for a Nicholas Sparks novel.

rhode island driver license
image via DMV.RI.gov

1. Hawaii

Also known as the fake ID McLovin’ had in Superbad. See, this is why there are Real ID laws. 

hawaii driver license
image via StarAdvertiser.com