Which states are available to query using the IDScan.net DMV API
Driver’s licenses, driving permits and ID cards issued by U.S. jurisdictions are regularly used as proof of identity; however, these documents can be counterfeit or altered. The DMV API allows an organization that is presented with a license or ID card to verify that the data on the card matches the data held by the jurisdiction that issued the document.
Currently 40 US state offer access to their database. California, Utah, Alaska, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and New York only allow access to government entities and the Social Security Administration. New Hampshire and Oklahoma have announced plans to open access to their DMV database, and Minnesota is currently under review.
What data is returned when the DMV API is queried?
You can view the full details of an example request on our developer documentation portal.
You will simply submit information on the ID, such as first name, last name, and ID number, and our API will return a flag for each data element, telling you if the information matches what they have on file. The API does not return raw PII, it merely sends back a “true” or “false” confirming whether the DMV database matches the information on the ID.
Does the DMV API work offline?
No, the API requires an internet connection to send and return results.
What fields are needed to query a DMV database?
At minimum, you will need to send first name, last name, drivers license number, and state to initiate a call to the DMV database.
How do you verify individuals in a state that does not allow for access to the DMV database?
We recommend pairing the DMV API with use of a tool such as IdentiFraud which queries a variety of public records sources in all 50 states and can provide a fail-over when you are performing identity verification or remote ID validation on an individual in a state which is not native to our DMV API.
How much does the DMV API cost?
Calls to the DMV API have a per-scan cost. Contact us for a price quote based on your expected volume.