Driver’s License Data Offers Clues About Where Idahoans Are Moving

Apr 11, 2013

Driver’s license data show more people moved to Idaho than left the state in 2012. But that data finds at least 29,253 Idahoans did move to another state last year.

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

The Idaho Department of Transportation keeps track of driver’s licenses that are given up in one state to get a license in a different state. The system isn’t perfect. It doesn’t include people who aren’t old enough to drive, or may not have a driver’s license. Even though state laws require a license change within a certain time period, not everyone follows that rule. But tracking driver’s license movement is one way to understand where Idahoans are moving.

More than 7,000 Idahoans moved west to Washington state in 2012, more than 4,500 Idahoans went to Utah. Click here to explore the map!