# two digit year cutoff Option

Use the **two digit year cutoff** option to specify an integer from 1753 to 9999 that represents the cutoff year for interpreting two-digit years as four-digit years.

A two-digit year that is less than or equal to the last two digits of the cutoff year is in the same century as the cutoff year. A two-digit year that is greater than the last two digits of the cutoff year is in the century that precedes the cutoff year. For example, if **two digit year cutoff** is 2049 (the default), the two-digit year 49 is interpreted as 2049 and the two-digit year 50 is interpreted as 1950.

Note

Microsoft SQL Server uses 2049 as the cutoff year for interpreting dates; OLE Automation objects use 2030. You can use the **two digit year cutoff** option to provide consistency in date values between SQL Server and client applications. However, to avoid ambiguity with dates, use four-digit years in your data.