My Driver’s License Photo


I had to renew my NY driver’s license this month and could do it by mail or online, only needing to have an eye doctor report to attest I am still blind enough to wear glasses when I drive. No problem. Done. Mailed in my $80.00 for an eight year renewal. The license arrived yesterday. Not the enhanced one. Not one for Federal use. Just a regular old NY Driver’s License.

But what’s sooooo strange is for easily the last three cycles of renewal, no one has told me I need a new photo. The photo of me is at least two chins ago, 1980s eyeglasses, and a hairdo that has me wondering what was I thinking?

In RI, the renewal is every five years. You must go to the DMV and must get a new photo each time.

I guess they figure at my age how much could I change? Ha ha. Passports make you change photos every time. Maybe NY looked at my stellar driving record and knows I’m no threat? Got me, but it’s funny looking at me on my license and wondering, hey who is That Girl? 

6 thoughts on “My Driver’s License Photo

  1. That is strange, in Connecticut you must do a new photo at renewal. That doll on the left has an interesting hairdo, I’m kinda scared of her.

  2. Just curious about the lax NY rules
    (Not a word about pictures)

    From travel magazine
    Driver’s licenses from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and the American Samoa will no longer be enough to get on a domestic commercial flight.

    Starting in 2016, travelers from four U.S. states will not be able to use their driver’s licenses as ID to board domestic flights—a pretty major development considering an estimated 62 percent of Americans don’t have passports.

    The standard licenses from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and American Samoa are considered “noncompliant” with the security standards outlined in the Real ID Act, which was enacted back in 2005 but is being implemented in stages. Why are these specific licenses deemed sub-par? In these five places, getting a license doesn’t require proof of citizenship or residency.

  3. Real ID’s will be available later this month in MA but MA residents do not need one until October of 2020. If you have a passport, you may never need a real ID. Licenses are good for five years and can be renewed on line for five more unless you’re 75. In that case, you need a vision test.

    1. From the NY DMV

      Beginning on October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license, permit or ID card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.), or enter military bases and certain federal facilities.

      I interpret that to mean for now you can use your driver’s license to gt on an airplane.

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