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.