From the early to middle part of the 20th century automobile operation was still relatively new and working as a taxi driver or limo driver, chauffeur, or other vehicle operator for profit usually required a license. Many times these licenses took the form of metal badges with a number and the location where the license was granted. Chauffeur’s badges were simply a way for a driver to assure his passenger that he was in compliance and could safely operate a vehicle.
Below are some images of antique Chauffeur’s badges, yours could look a lot like these or could be different as there are several hundred designs that have been catalogued from around the country. The value of a badge is based on its rarity, condition, material, and whether the location of issue or the driver can be identified with surety.