Tips for getting a license or an ID card.  

Do you still need a drivers license if you’re not driving anymore? Will an expired license work as an ID? How do you change from a license to an ID?

We see lots of these questions in our Parenting Aging Parents group, so we went to an expert for the state of Texas.

Drivers License Division Chief Sheri Gipson at the Texas Department of Public Safety talks with Kim and Mike Barnes of Parenting Aging Parents about using a drivers license or an ID, the possibility of getting someone from DPS to come to you an older adult isn’t mobile, and the documents needed to switch to an ID.

Another Tip: When converting from a DL to an ID, it is important to select yes to the voter registration question to ensure that the Secretary of State is provided with the new ID Card number.

Some helpful links:
Voter ID requirements – Welcome to

Assistance/accommodation for appointments Driver License | Department of Public Safety (, click assistance for people with disabilities

General questions Customer Service – Contact Us about applying for, renewing, updating Licenses/ID cards! (

How to apply for an ID How to Apply for a Texas Identification Card | Department of Public Safety

Every state chooses how to handle drivers licenses and identification cards.

Here is a list of the department that handles it in each state:

Alabama – Department of Public Safety

Alaska – Division of Motor Vehicles

Arizona – Department of Transportation

Arkansas – Office of Driver Services

California – Department of Motor Vehicles

Colorado – Division of Motor Vehicles

Connecticut – Department of Motor Vehicles

Washington, D.C. – Department of Motor Vehicles

Delaware – Division of Motor Vehicles

Florida – Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Georgia – Department of Driver Services

Hawaii – Department of Transportation

Idaho – Division of Motor Vehicles

Illinois – Office of the Secretary of State

Indiana- Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Iowa – Department of Transportation

Kansas – Division of Vehicles

Kentucky – Driver Licensing Division

Louisiana – Office of Motor Vehicles

Maine – Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Maryland – Motor Vehicle Administration

Massachusetts – Registry of Motor Vehicles

Michigan – Office of the Secretary of State

Minnesota – Division of Driver and Vehicle Services

Mississippi – Department of Public Safety

Missouri – Missouri Department of Revenue

Montana – Department of Justice’s Motor Vehicle Division

Nebraska – Department of Motor Vehicles

Nevada – Department of Motor Vehicles

New Hampshire – Division of Motor Vehicles

New Jersey – Motor Vehicle Commission

New Mexico – Motor Vehicle Division

New York – Department of Motor Vehicles

North Carolina – Department of Motor Vehicles

North Dakota – Department of Transportation

Ohio – Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Oklahoma – Department of Public Safety

Oregon – Department of Motor Vehicles

Pennsylvania – Department of Transportation

Rhode Island – Division of Motor Vehicles

South Carolina – Department of Motor Vehicles

South Dakota – Department of Public Safety

Tennessee – Driver Services Division

Texas – Department of Public Safety

Utah – Department of Public Safety

Vermont – Office of the Secretary of State

Virginia – Department of Motor Vehicles

Washington – Department of Licensing

West Virginia – Division of Motor Vehicles

Wisconsin – Division of Motor Vehicles

Wyoming – Department of Transportation