The Wear and Tear of Fourteen Years

Yesterday I renewed my Florida driver’s license.  Above is the last photo taken by the Department of Motor Vehicles 14 years ago.  A driver’s license is valid for seven years and one is allowed to renew by mail once, as a convenience.  The old photo remained on the renewal license 7 years ago.

This time I had to appear in the flesh.  Driver’s licenses in this age of terrorism, require documentation to prove who you are.  I had to bring a certified birth certificate as proof of citizenship or proof that I was naturalized or here legally; a social security card; utility bills as proof of place of residence.

After a few minutes the bureaucrats were satisfied that I was who I said I was, lived where I said I live, possessed a valid driver’s license which needed renewal and was a citizen of this great nation.

And then I had my picture taken, documenting 14 years of earthly wear and tear.

It’s good until I’m 85 at which time I will have to show up again.

No one over 80 can renew by mail.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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11 Responses to The Wear and Tear of Fourteen Years

  1. beetleypete says:

    Mine expires at age 70, in just over two years. I don’t even want to think about what I will look like then. 🙂 Mind you, I last had to submit a photo when I changed my address, at age 60. So I hope ten years won’t have taken too much toll.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Amazing what 14 years can do to this fragile body of ours!

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  3. I keep my old driver’s licenses to compare how I am aging and oh boy! I just want to cry! I am about to move to another state that insists that even if you have a valid driver’s license from another state, you must still take the written exam. Geesh! I’ve lived in that state before but I am expecting to be hassled again. I’ve got all my papers in order because I am going to have to go through what you went through. But can you remember a time when all we had to do was go and take the picture, the eye test and sit and wait while our driver’s license was being printed and out the door we went with license in hand? And now people wonder why so many don’t have IDs. How can a person obtain an ID when they must first have an address and with so many homeless tent cities popping up, they’re not mailing an ID to a tent. Oh how complicated things have become.

    Thanks toritto.

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    • toritto says:

      Hi Shelby! I’ve had licenses in NY, NJ, NC and Maryland over the years and in each case my out of state license was sufficient to waive the written test. It does vary from state to state however depending on where you are coming from. Proving who I was and where I lived was a bigger hassle. NO COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES. CERTIFIED STATE ISSUED COPY ONLY. Social security card. Valid passports only; no expired passport. Electric and water bills. Sheesh.

      No homeless need apply. Best regards..

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  4. Maggie says:

    You look quite the distinguished gentleman. I will not be publishing my photos. In NC you must take your photo with no glasses. I look a fright.

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    • toritto says:

      Hi Maggie! I’m too old to care about what I look like in a photo! We lived in S.E Charlotte from ’75 – 78, across the road from Charlotte Country Day School, My eldest daughter was born at Presbyterian Hospital.


      Besties from Florida.


  5. Jennie says:

    Lookin’ good, Frank. Great song, too. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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