My manager is booking plane tickets for an upcoming conference in another state and he asked me for the following three things:

  • my full name as it appears on my drivers license
  • my DOB
  • my drivers license #

The first two seem reasonable enough but the last item seems... fishy. I don't think I've ever been asked for a drivers license # when flying. I've been asked for a passport # when traveling internationally but not a drivers license #.

I mean, it seems to me that a drivers license shouldn't even be required for flying. You could be 40yo and not have a drivers license and you could get around exclusively using taxi's, uber's and public transit.

I realize a drivers license can be used to verify your identity to TSA but the documents you're providing to TSA don't need to be pre-registered or anything...

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    Is it possible that the manager is booking a rental car for when you arrive at the destination? Jun 22, 2019 at 20:47
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    Have you asked your manage why she or he wants this information? Jun 22, 2019 at 21:06
  • @David - I did but haven't gotten a response. He asked me on Thursday and then went on vacation on Friday. I can def ask him when he gets back but idk... he's often very short with me and tells me stuff like "you don't need to know that". I suppose I could be like "well if don't want to tell me why then I don't want to give it to you" but idk... discussions along these lines are prob best suited for workplace.stackexchange.com
    – neubert
    Jun 22, 2019 at 21:16
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    Is it possible your manager just wants to confirm that you do have an acceptable form of ID before he books the tickets?
    – Traveller
    Jun 22, 2019 at 22:39
  • (S)he might want the number the ID you are flying on, and is assuming you'll use your driver license instead of a passport for an internal flight
    – CSM
    Jun 23, 2019 at 17:39

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It would not be required for a plane trip. If that would be the case then many people wouldn't be able to fly...

Since this is a company trip then maybe the standard paperwork for trips asks for your drivers license number in the case you need a company/rental car one day.

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