Picture Licenses and Photo Ids


Slickster’s License Photo from 2006

Just renewed my driver’s license. The last time was in 2014. Curious about the length of validity in other states, I checked online for the information. How did we ever survive before the Internet?

The longest period is in Arizona, which has 12 years before expiration for folks 65 and under. Those older have 5-year licenses. Next is South Carolina with a 10-year validation, but a vision exam is required every 5 years.

Then several states offer 8-year licenses, 6- and 5-year periods; and 8 other states have the 4-year option like PA. Vermont has either a 2- or 4-year option at the discretion of the driver.

Some states have restrictions for drivers at 75 and over, such as New Mexico which offers only 1-year licenses with the passage of an eye exam; Texas restricts them to 2-year periods for those who are 85 and up; where in Iowa it’s for those 70 and older.

Longer periods of validation are convenient for most, especially those not close to reaching the age that restricts lengths of validity. For those old farts like me, every 4 years is quite enough! Why? I hate to compare pictures from the expiring license with the new one. The older one gets, the faster they seem to age in photographs. It’s not too devastating in shorter periods.

Had to renew my passport last year, which has a 10-year term before expiration. Seeing the changes in appearance from a decade ago hurts. Not that I’m vain, but for baby boomers like me, who were raised with thoughts of youth eternal, these renewals can be devastating to their egos.

Getting back to how we survived without the Internet with regards to searching for information, the public library was a great source, utilizing their Kardex system, which employed the Dewey Decimal System: a method of categorizing books and magazines by subject matter.

Then there was microfiche, which was information stored on microfilm, placed in a large viewer that was the size of the original computer monitors, great for going through old newspaper articles.

Of course, those methods required a person to leave their homes and go into the real world for obtaining what they wanted to research. Now with the Net, one leaves their safe places with a smartphone in tow, constantly connected to the almighty Web, getting their info mostly from Social Media and YouTube. What a dandy world we live in.

I’m not saying information at our fingertips is a bad thing. It’s great in my opinion. I’m guilty of using it all the time for one thing or another. The Internet certainly has made a lot of mundane chores a lot easier, like shopping for gifts, paying bills, learning new skills with all the do-it-yourself videos, especially on YouTube; and for a great amount of entertainment of whatever floats your boat, for lack of a better expression.

Have to search for some old photo-licenses and IDs saved for posterity. It would make an interesting collage of how gracelessly I’ve aged. Pretty sure I’ve got my expired licenses from at least around the turn of this century, and may have an ID and photo-license from my days in college during the last millennium. Stay tuned for that in the future.

Thanks for stopping in for my weekly tirade, and as always, for your continued support.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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