In speaker identification, most of the computational processing time is required to calculate the likelihood of the test utterance of the unknown speaker with respect to the speaker models in the database. When number of speakers in the database is in the order of 10,000 or more, then computational complexity becomes very high. In this paper, we propose a Maximum Likelihood Linear Regression (MLLR) based fast method to calculate the likelihood from the speaker model using the MLLR matrix. The proposed technique will help to quickly find the best N speakers during identification. After that final speaker identification task can be done within the N selected speakers using any conventional method of speaker identification. The comparative study of the proposed method is done in terms of processing time with the state-of-the-art GMM-UBM based system on NIST 2004 SRE. The proposed technique performs faster than GMM-UBM based system with some degradation in system accuracy. ©2010 IEEE.