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Understanding Selective Service System numbers

    Sharon Toon of SSS explains the elements that make up a "draft" number like the example below:

40 - 105 - 47 - 110

    First element (40) = The state code. Every state, U.S. territory and New York City has a number from 1 to 56. Sharon provided a list of those state numbers.

    Second element (105) = The Selective Service local board number. Each state had anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of local boards.

    Third element (47) = The registrant's birth year. In this case, 1947

    Fourth element (110) = Line number. Local boards maintained a ledger of draft registrants for each year. This registrant's record would be in the 1947 ledger on Line 110.


Selective Service System state number codes
56 states and territories in alphabetical order
(Courtesy of Sharon Toon of SSS)

1 Alabama
51 Alaska
2 Arizona
3 Arkansas
4 California
56 Canal Zone
5 Colorado
6 Connecticut
7 Delaware
49 District of Columbia
8 Florida
9 Georgia
55 Guam
52 Hawaii
10 Idaho
11 Illinois
12 Indiana
13 Iowa
14 Kansas
15 Kentucky
16 Louisiana
17 Maine
18 Maryland
19 Massachusetts
20 Michigan
21 Minnesota
22 Mississippi
23 Missouri
24 Montana
25 Nebraska
26 Nevada
27 New Hampshire
28 New Jersey
29 New Mexico
30 New York
50 New York City
31 North Carolina
32 North Dakota
33 Ohio
34 Oklahoma
35 Oregon
36 Pennsylvania
53 Puerto Rico
37 Rhode Island
38 South Carolina
39 South Dakota
40 Tennessee
41 Texas
42 Utah
43 Vermont
44 Virginia
54 Virgin Islands (U.S.)
45 Washington
46 West Virginia
47 Wisconsin
48 Wyoming

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