The Center’s Future of Transportation Project explored the demographic issues that describe the Americans who have – or don’t have — a driver’s license.

With the growth of get-a-ride services like Lyft and Uber, and the ongoing evolution of driverless cars, do Americans still need a driver’s license?

The Center’s upcoming Future of Transportation Study found:

Younger people are less likely to have a driver’s license. Only 79% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 have a license, while 91% of those in the 25-34, 35-44, and 45-54 brackets have one.

Of respondents age 55-64, 93% have a license, compared to 94% of those age 65 and older.

Among respondents age 14 and older:

The percentage for males and females is virtually the same (86% versus 85%).

Household income has little effect on driver’s license possession; 85% of those from a household with a yearly income of less than $75,000 have a license, compared to 88% of people living in households with an income of $75,000 or more. 

Race or ethnicity play a moderate role in driver’s license possession: 88% of whites, 85% of Asians, 82% of Hispanics, and 74% of African-Americans have a driver’s license.


See all Web Insights.


August 15, 2017