Total number of licensed drivers in the U.S. in 2014, by state

This statistic represents the total number of licensed drivers in the United States in 2014, with a breakdown by state. In that year, there were just under 420,000 licensed drivers in the District of Columbia.

U.S. licensed drivers by state

The driver’s license became mandatory in the United States in the early 20th century, with Missouri and Massachusetts being the first states to require an official license for operating certain types of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, passenger vehicles, trucks, trailers or buses. New Jersey became the first state to require all drivers to pass a mandatory test before being granted an official driver’s license.

In 2014, there were about 214 million licensed drivers in the United States. At around 24.8 million, California issued the highest amount of licenses in the country that year. Not only is California the U.S. state with the highest number of licensed drivers, but it is also the most populous state in the U.S. overall, representing close to 12 percent of the country’s total population. In 2013, around 3,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in California. While 95 percent of residents aged 65 to 69 held a driver’s license in 2012, the percentage of U.S. driver’s license holders between 20 and 24 stood at only 76 percent in that same year. When it comes to accidents, people aged 21 to 24 are most at risk. Across all age groups, the male population has substantially higher death rates than the female population.

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 Number of licensed drivers
California 24,813,346
Texas 15,648,733
Florida 13,898,347
New York 11,318,198
Pennsylvania 8,915,641
Illinois 8,373,565
Ohio 7,915,907
Michigan 7,046,433
North Carolina 7,025,333
Georgia 6,650,434
New Jersey 6,152,634
Virginia 5,769,063
Washington 5,401,139
Arizona 4,881,801
Massachusetts 4,765,586
Tennessee 4,613,166
Indiana 4,448,099
Missouri 4,295,224
Wisconsin 4,188,194
Maryland 4,142,997
Colorado 3,883,362
Alabama 3,881,542
South Carolina 3,617,535
Minnesota 3,357,468
Louisiana 3,312,630
Kentucky 3,004,919
Oregon 2,785,446
Connecticut 2,542,588
Oklahoma 2,451,972
Iowa 2,227,950
Arkansas 2,111,873
Kansas 2,021,271
Mississippi 1,977,679
Nevada 1,796,443
New Mexico 1,444,857
Utah 1,425,703
Nebraska 1,383,693
West Virginia 1,171,906.75
Idaho 1,128,497
New Hampshire 1,071,963
Maine 1,018,918
Hawaii 902,639
Montana 768,703
Rhode Island 748,337
Delaware 732,349
South Dakota 609,908
Vermont 545,312
Alaska 531,744
North Dakota 527,541
Wyoming 423,987
Dist. of Col. 419,896
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