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All 51 Driver License Designs Ranked Worst to Best

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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 (http://newsok.com/article/3703634)

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 (http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160118/news/160118993/)

48. Oregon

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

oregon driver license (https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/driverid/samplecards.aspx)

47. Ohio

Ohio did color in the rest.

ohio driver license (http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/01/blue-green_ohio_drivers_licens.html)

46. Utah

Keepin' it minimalistic.

utah driver license (https://publicsafety.utah.gov/2016/06/28/utah-driver-license-division-introduces-new-cards/)

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 (http://www.nola.com/news/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/03/louisiana_office_of_motor_vehi.html)

44. Pennsylvania

Simple and straightforward.

pennsylvania driver license (http://www.dmv.pa.gov/PublishingImages/PA_DL_Adult_Organ_Donor%201.jpg)

43. Indiana

Very pink.

indiana driver license (http://cbs4indy.com/2016/04/18/bmv-secureid-to-replace-drivers-license-requirement-for-domestic-flights/)

42. Connecticut

Also pink. Plus, sail boats.

connecticut driver license (http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Pretty-Pink-Licenses-Coming-to-Your-Manly-Wallet.html)

41. Nebraska

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

nebraska driver license (http://www.dmv.nebraska.gov/dvr/nddl/)

40. Washington

I see you Mount Olympus.

washington driver license (http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/licenseexamples.html)

39. South Dakota

Mount Rushmore is cooler cause it has faces.

south dakota driver license (http://www.keloland.com/news/article/other/new-sd-driver-license-could-curb-illegal-drinking)

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 (http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2014/11/quiz_can_you_pass_the_new_jersey_drivers_license_e.html)

36. Vermont

Green, naturally.

vermont driver license (http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/is-this-id-for-real-new-vermont-card-stirs-privacy-worries/Content?oid=2295986)

35. South Carolina

Palmetto! Iconic.

south carolina driver license (http://www.scnow.com/news/state/article_ff617500-731a-5067-9c95-84de428be1ef.html)

34. Michigan

Nice bridge.

michigan driver license (http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127--253344--,00.html)

33. Iowa

Wind power for the win.

iowa driver license (http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/renewal.htm)

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 (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/license-drvs/how-to-apply/mailed.aspx)

30. Kansas

Another capitol building.

kansas driver license image via KSN.com

29. Alabama

Capitol building, again.

alabama driver license (http://www.alea.gov/Home/wfContent.aspx?ID=30&PLH1=plhDriverLicense-Veterans)

28. New York

Very periwinkle.

new york driver license (https://dmv.ny.gov/id-card/sample-photo-documents)

27. Virginia

Looks like it could be foreign currency.

virginia driver license (http://pilotonline.com/news/new-virginia-driver-s-license-focuses-on-security/article_c477bb95-830a-53aa-b269-a2ce92b0c225.html)

26. Missouri

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

missouri driver license (http://www.kmbc.com/article/missouri-gov-nixon-wants-license-law-changed/3692157)

25. Texas

Ditto Missouri.

texas driver license (http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Smile-There-is-a-New-Drivers-License-Design.html)

24. Tennessee

Ditto Missouri, ditto Texas.

tennessee driver license (http://wkrn.com/2011/03/16/tenn-unveils-new-driver-licenses/)

23. Nevada

A+ use of wildlife.

nevada driver license (http://www.dmvnv.com/dldesign.htm)

22. Minnesota

The gradient on that font, though.

minnesota driver license (https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/drivers-license-information.aspx)

21. Alaska

Mountains plus lots o' squiggles.

alaska driver license (http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/license/)

20. Georgia

Them Georgia peaches.

georgia driver license image via Team.Georgia.gov

19. Florida

Aww, Nick Sample. <3

florida driver license (http://www.cf.edu/go/enroll/international/current-students/florida-license-and-ids)

18. West Virginia

Ooh, an actual photograph of mountains this time.

west virginia driver license (http://www.transportation.wv.gov/DMV/Drivers/Pages/Drivers-Licenses.aspx)

17. Washington DC

Looks like a purple-y map of Europe.

washington dc driver license (http://wamu.org/story/14/04/21/what_you_need_to_know_about_dcs_new_drivers_licenses/)

16. Arkansas

Executed the ombré effect well.

arkansas drivre license (http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/driverServices/Pages/samples.aspx)

15. Mississippi

Spirograph pattern on point.

mississippi driver license (http://wjtv.com/2016/08/15/new-mississippi-drivers-license/)

14. Montana

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

montana driver license (http://missoulian.com/ravalli/news/state-and-regional/new-look-licenses-rolled-out-across-montana/article_05789b77-f792-59f1-b8d5-095fa9f9da87.html)

13. California

Bears!

california driver license (https://cadmv.wordpress.com/tag/issue-date/)

12. Arizona

The Grand Canyon. Nice, but predictable.

arizona driver license (https://azdot.gov/media/News/news-release/2014/06/16/arizona's-redesigned-driver-license-new-process-now-effective)

11. Kentucky

Pleasant-looking pastures.

kentucky driver license (http://transportation.ky.gov/pages/digital-drivers-license.aspx)

10. Idaho

Pretty scenery, soothing colors.

idaho driver license (http://itd.idaho.gov/itddmv/)

9. Maryland

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

maryland driver license (http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2016/05/09/mva-unveils-new-maryland-licenses-ids/84147078/)

8. Delaware

Tropical looking (despite Delaware not being very tropical).

delaware driver license (https://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/driverslicense/dlrequirements.htm)

7. Wyoming

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

wyoming driver license (http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/wyoming-driver-s-licenses-ids-redesigned/article_454571d0-b326-11df-a08f-001cc4c002e0.html)

6. North Dakota

Bison!

north dakota driver license (https://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/driverslicense/dlrequirements.htm)

5. Maine

Moose! (cuter than bison)

maine driver license (http://www.maine.gov/sos/news/2011/goldstarfamilymilitarydesign.html)

4. Colorado

Font. Color palette. Yes.

colorado driver license (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/newlook)

3. New Mexico

Desert scenes and geometric patterned everything.

photo via NMPoliticalReport.com (http://nmpoliticalreport.com/28823/house-drivers-license-bill-passes-committee-headed-to-floor-debate-nmleg/)

2. Rhode Island

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

rhode island driver license (http://www.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 (http://www.staradvertiser.com/2014/04/30/breaking-news/new-documents-required-starting-thursday-for-drivers-licenses/)

Krista Doyle