Even with so many blanks staring you in the eyes, the question about a driver's license stands out. Does it mean that Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) checks your driving record? Or that the school does? Relax, all your speeding tickets are still your secret. Filling out your driver's license number is optional on the FAFSA as is providing your state ID number. Both just provide the people reviewing FAFSA documentation as another way to verify your home state and address.
It Won't Take My License Number
If you've selected "yes" to the question about entering in your driver's license number, you'll need to have it handy before starting the application. The computer application field will only accept characters that include numbers, letters, dashes, asterisks or blank spaces. The field won't accept an asterisk as the first character nor will it accept all asterisks. So, if you can't find your license, either choose not to enter the number or save your application and continue later.
Double Check Everything
Always reread the number for your driver's license multiple times. In fact, it's better to pull someone else in as well and have that person proofread your Social Security number and driver's license number to ensure that they're both correct. You will also need to select the state issuing the license number. If it's from out of the United States, select "foreign country." Mistakes in these FAFSA ID fields can delay your application or cause you to lose a chance at additional aid.
Other Information Needed for FAFSA
Along with your driver's license number, it is also optional to include your state ID number on FAFSA. Although applicants are encouraged to provide either one or the other. If you're uncertain as to whether you want to participate in the work-study program, you can select "don't know." This is a way to leave that door open just in case you don't qualify for enough financial aid in other areas. Since you have the option to decline any form of federal aid, you can always say no later.
Uh-Oh, I Don't Drive
Not to worry, this field is optional on the FAFSA. That means that even people who have licenses may choose not to include the number. If you're filling out your application online, don't leave the driver's license field blank. Instead, enter "not applicable" if you don't have one or don't want to provide the information. Leaving too many blank lines on the application can cause a miscalculation that can result in your application being rejected by mistake.
Darlene Peer has been writing, editing and proofreading for more than 10 years. Peer has written for magazines and contributed to a number of books. She has worked in various fields, from marketing to business analysis. Peer received her Bachelor of Arts in English from York University.