Many elderly persons, especially those with physical problems, will allow their driver's licenses to expire because they feel they will never drive again. What they don't know is, under current law, an expired license ceases to be a valid ID. Many people are blaming the Patriot Act and many are blaming the DMV's interpretation of this act.
However, allowing the licenses to expire doesn't change the ID information. Although the license is invalid for driving, it should remain valid for identification purposes. I feel the person(s) responsible for this law, that also makes the license invalid for ID purposes, should be fired. People should contact their congressmen urging them to author or support a bill that when a license expires, it will still be good for identification purposes.
Editor's Note: The California Department of Motor Vehicles issues identification cards for people of all ages, including those who don't or no longer drive. Those for senior citizens — age 62 and over — are valid for 10 years; others are valid for six years. Contact the DMV for more information.