Many people never think about the long string of numbers that is on a Wisconsin drivers license. However, you’ll need to know the number if you are buying a new car, looking into a new insurance policy, at the DMV, or any other form you may have to fill out that asks for the number. There is a lot of information in your driver’s license number and we want to explain it to you today.Now, there's a home page that would seem to confirm everyone's worst fears about the Internet! Billed as the website of the "National Motor Vehicle License Bureau," it purports to offer a "free searchable database of over 121 million U.S. driver's licensephotos and license information." How can that be?Is Driver's License Information Available Online?"The United States B.S. amendment to the Freedom of Information Act enacted on Sept.3rd, 2004 provides public access to motor vehicle driver's information in an electronic format," the blurb continues. "Under the Motor Vehicle Operator License Identification Act (MOLIA), all US states are required to adhere to the Driver's B.S. statute and store an electronic copy of all valid drivers licenses in their state..."So, by filling out a simple web-based form, supposedly, any user can search the Bureau's centralized database containing more than 220 million driver's licenses. There's just one slight hitch: it's a joke — it ain't real!What Does the License Bureau Reveal?A reader describes what actually happens when you type in your name and conduct a "search" on the site:"If you do enter a name, state, town and gender, what comes up is a picture of a grinning monkey and the question, 'You didn't really think you could get someone's driver's license on the Internet, did you?'"The fact is, the so-called "Motor Vehicle Operator License Identification Act (MOLIA)" doesn't exist. While there are a few bonafide fee-based websites that provide access to driver's license data from states that allow it "for legitimate purposes," it's not quite this easy to invade other people's privacy from your computer.Like most popular prank websites, this one succeeds not only because of its slick design and surface plausibility, but because it plays on people's very real fears — in this case, the fear of privacy invasion. Some people have found this site so upsetting that they've written to their Congressmen about it, others are nonplussed and simply forward the URL on to their most gullible friends.Taking Security MeasuresDoes this fake motor vehicle website store visitors' private information or leave cookies on their computers? The source code shows no indication of malicious activity. That could change without notice, however, and there are several other, similar sites out there whose safety is up for grabs, so proper cautionary measures are recommended.Sample Email About Free License InformationSubject: Check your Driver's LicenseBig Brother has taken away our privacy. All the world can get your information off your drivers license. Check it out!Check your Driver's License I already removed mine. I suggest you all do the same. Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was... picture and all! Thanks Homeland Security! It's unbelievable!!! Just enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove." This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement. Please notify all your friends so they can protect themselves too. Believe me they will thank you for it.For Texas:Steps to Licensing – Teen 14-17Step One: Sign up for the Virtual Drive education course.This course is approved by the State of Texas and is listed a Course #107 on the Texas Education Agency website.Step Two: Obtain Your Learner’s Permit.Using the DPS form DL-92 the student will register with the state of Texas to be in the Parent Taught Program. Once the student has registered and completed Module 1 of this course, he/she is prepared to apply for a Learner’s Permit through the local DPS office.Step Three: Obtain Your Driver’s License.When your child turns 16, has held the Learner’s Permit for six months, and has completed the course, he/she is eligible to apply for an unrestricted Driver’s License through your DPS office.Because our course is approved, your student will not be required to take the written test administered by the DPS. The Certificate of Completion is proof that this test was taken and passed through this course.Recent legislative changes require that all new student drivers take a driving test with a local DPS official. This new requirement applies to all new drivers who apply for a new license after September 1, 2009.The Virtual Drive of Texas program the only true computer-based driver education course approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety: Parent Taught Driver Ed Course #107. This driver education program is the only course you need to fulfill all Texas requirements for 32 hours of in-class driver education training/testing and 14 hours of in car training for your son or daughter to obtain their Provisional License. Even more important, this driver education program provides all of the information needed to help your new driver off to a safe and smart start!Steps to Licensing – Adult 18+Texas law requires all adult first time drivers to take driver education. Virtual Drive is TEA Approved Course #C2636, and provides quality education for all adults of any age.Virtual Drive of Texas has provided online driver education for over 10 years. Our customer service is located right here in Texas and is dedicated to providing friendly and knowledgeable help.In the first 2, you’ll establish your identity to help protect your privacy and ensure that only you can check your government employment eligibility records.In steps 3 and 4, Self Check will compare your information against U.S. government databases to determine your employment eligibility.Step 1 - Enter ID DataSelf Check will prompt you to enter basic identifying information like your name, address and date of birth (DOB). Your Social Security number (SSN) is optional at this point but will be required in Step 3 if you don’t provide it here.Step 2 - Take a QuizAfter you enter your information, Self Check sends your information to a third-party identity assurance service. This service generates a series of quiz questions based on your personal information that only you would be able to answer. This process is very similar to what a bank or credit agency does to confirm someone’s identity online. The government will have no knowledge of which questions you see or how you answered those questions. The quiz only takes about a minute to complete, but it is timed. So before you begin, please be sure you have time to complete it without distraction.Step 3 - Enter Document DataOnce you have successfully established your identity, you will be able to confirm your work eligibility. The name and DOB you provided in Step 1 will be pre-populated and cannot be changed. You will need to provide additional information at this point including SSN (if not provided in Step 1), citizenship and details about any immigration documentation that proves your work authorization (such as a green card or an employment authorization card).Step 4 - Get ResultsAfter you submit your information, Self Check compares your information against government records to determine your work eligibility. You will almost instantly get a response indicating either that you are eligible to work in the United States (and would likely get an employment authorized response in E-Verify if your employer was using it), or that there may be a mismatch between the data you entered and the government records checked. If there is a potential mismatch, you can get information that tells you how to correct your records if you wish to do so.For UK Drivers:View your driving licence information is a new digital service from DVLA. It's a simpler, clearer and faster way to view your driving information online.The service is free and available 24 hours a day. Here's a short film we've made about it:Signing in takes a matter of moments. You just need your driving licence number, National Insurance number and postcode.The service lets you see when your licence expires, how many penalty points you have, and which vehicles you're licensed to drive. For instance, you can find out whether you're allowed to drive a tractor or mowing machine on the road.You can also see your personal details registered with the DVLA to check if they're up to date.