When I was 16 I lived in fear of forgetting those almighty nine digits. If you flubbed them up while reciting them to a police officer, he might — well, I wasn’t sure what he might do. Give you a ticket? Haul you in? Bottom line: I never wanted to find out.
As things stand, I don’t know my license number, at all. But what if I get pulled over for speeding and am asked my license number?
“You do not need to memorize your driver’s license number,” said David Procopio, spokesman for the State Police. “Obviously, it was easier for a driver to remember when the license number was the same as his or her Social Security number.”