Driver's licence goes out of being a ID when licence expires correct?

Michael 345

New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl
Valued Senior Member
Any logical reason why an out of date drivers licence could not be used as a ID?

Day before licence fitted you. Day after it does not?

Location: Australia?

The human answers with respect to a defunct driver's permit vary from:

  • Cannot be used as ID for anything important.
  • Overall, most ID in Australia can remain valid for 6 months after such expires. Though it is no longer contigently accepted once replaced.
  • No. I am employed by the Australian government. If you provide an expired driver’s licence we will not accept that document. The same applies to expired passports and Medicare cards.

The response from God (ChatGPT) is:

No, an expired driver's license cannot be used as a valid form of identification in Australia. According to the Australian government, an identification document must be current and not expired in order to be considered valid.
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Any logical reason why an out of date drivers licence could not be used as a ID?

Day before licence fitted you. Day after it does not?


If it didn't expire, you'd still be waving your driver's licence around from when you were 19 years old, red-headed and with hair down to your butt.

ID needs to be updated. Therefore it needs to expire.

It is every citizen's duty - just like paying taxes and presenting for jury duty - to keep their ID up-to-date.
If you live in or are moving to a state like NSW (New South Wales) that requires evaluation of your medical status and driving ability at age 85 or sooner, then apply for a modified licence (below).

Or transition to a basic ID if you've arrived at that golden, distinguished, elite stage where family, caregiver, or senior slash disability services provide transportation.

Older drivers, riders and road users

INTRO: If you intend to keep driving or riding after you've turned 70 years of age, use this guide to find out about licensing requirements and options, as well as the various benefits available to older drivers.

A Guide to Older Driver Licensing (PDF)

EXCERPT: When you reach 85 years of age, in addition to the annual medical examination, you are required to pass a practical driving assessment every second year (age 85, 87, 89 etc) to retain your full (unrestricted) driver licence. If you no longer require a full driver licence you can opt for a modified licence without the need for a practical driving assessment.

A modified licence is a driver licence that allows the holder to drive in their local area where they are familiar with the traffic conditions. Modified licence options are based on the individual’s personal driving needs. The limits on the modified licence are negotiated with the local service centre manager, based on the driver’s essential weekly journeys. If a person’s driving needs change they can convert back to a full (unrestricted) licence at anytime, after they pass a practical driving assessment.