The driver's license list as a population-based sampling frame in Iowa

Am J Public Health. 1994 Mar;84(3):469-72. doi: 10.2105/ajph.84.3.469.


Driver's license lists are infrequently used for population-based sampling, presumably because of suspicions of poor population coverage. The 1990 Iowa driver's license list was compared with the 1990 census to evaluate coverage by 5-year age group, sex, resident county, and urbanicity. Coverage exceeded 90% among 15- to 74-year-old men and 15- to 64-year-old women, with uniform coverage by county and county urbanicity group in these age ranges. In Iowa, these lists are convenient and cost-effective and appear to be representative for 25- to 64-year-olds. The representativeness of driver lists in regard to other factors and in other geographic regions deserves further evaluation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Automobile Driving*
  • Demography
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iowa / epidemiology
  • Licensure / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sampling Studies*