Total number of licensed drivers in the U.S. in 2015, by state

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Number of licensed drivers
Florida 14,262,715
New York 11,689,839
Ohio 7,923,439
North Carolina7,160,621
Michigan 7,104,484
Georgia 6,906,191
New Jersey 6,179,318
Virginia 5,820,209
Washington 5,516,134
Massachusetts 5,040,662
Arizona 4,978,762
Tennessee 4,621,401
Indiana 4,467,848
Missouri 4,213,302
Wisconsin 4,194,759
Maryland 4,185,752
Alabama 3,907,038
South Carolina 3,683,824
Louisiana 3,357,091
Minnesota 3,351,430
Kentucky 3,021,266
Oregon 2,808,548
Iowa 2,224,130
Arkansas 2,119,578
Mississippi 1,988,396
Utah 1,913,564
Nevada 1,835,511
New Mexico 1,467,782
Nebraska 1,394,301
West Virginia 1,167,346
New Hampshire 1,074,766
Maine 1,019,879
Montana 781,427
Rhode Island 745,470
South Dakota655,707
Vermont 548,799
North Dakota 545,027
Dist. of Col. 455,602
Wyoming 422,450
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This statistic represents the total number of licensed drivers in the United States in 2015, with a breakdown by state. In 2015, there were a little over 455,600 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 2015, there were about 218 million licensed drivers in the United States. At around 25.5 million, California issued the highest number 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. 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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