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I had the same situation with my mother who is in a nursing home. In her case her driver's license was about to expire but it was renewable for another four years. I contacted the DMV and was told that since they still had a photo of her on file I could renew. I renewed it as a state ID rather than a driver's license for another 4 years. If your friend's id is not renewable explain the situation to the DMV. They might have a way to renew it through a special department without your friend having to go there for a new photo. In my mother's case if I wasn't able to renew they had a special department where they could deal with bedridden/home bound people who couldn't go there for the photo. If I remember correctly it was called the home bound unit and I think they were able to send someone to the home for the required photo. This was something I could do in my state so you will need to check if you can do this in the state where you reside.
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Charrf1313, when my parents driver's licenses ID had expired, the ID was still accepted where ever they needed to present it, such as the doctor's office and voting. The only question that was ask if that was his/her current address.

This may vary from area to area.
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Llamalover47 Nov 22, 2022
freqflyer: It's not necessarily true that the expired ID from the DMV is accepted across the board. Case in point - my late legally blind mother let her ID issued from the DMV expire. When it came time for me to obtain POA, the notary public discovered her error, but fortunately he was a friend who let her use her COB (Commissioner of the Blind) ID, but he wasn't supposed to do so.
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I should also mention that my issue was that I wanted to change my mother's driver's license to a state id and they were able to do this with her photo still being on file and the fact that her driver's license was renewable.
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Contact the DMV.

My mom is in Henderson and they let her renew through the mail.

She had to provide proof from her doctor, the DMV provided the form.
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Good ideas from our readers. Contact DMV for information on what to do. If no one answers the phone, like short-staffed in many places nowadays, try using the DMV online Chat service to start. I hate to see the excuse Covid restrictions that limit assistance.
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1. Call the DMV and ask.
2. Call local office for Aging & Disability Services and ask them. It may be called something different in your state... If so, do a search under your state's Dept of Health and Human Services [DHS] to find the Dept who handles disability services.
Hope this helps!
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For any ID the only thing you need is a picture. In some cases like a passport you can take one yourself. Personally my sick wife has not had a valid ID for more than 15 years and it has not been a problem. I do not recommend it but it has not been a problem for us.
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Before COVID I had to take my Mom into DMV. I was told even for an ID she had to sign in front of a clerk. She could just about stand. Picture taken there. It has been mentioned that some DMVs will come to the home.

Think about what Mom would need an ID for. She is not flying someplace. She is not writing a check or using her charge cards. I don't remember ever needing to show Moms ID once I handled her stuff.
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MJ1929 Nov 22, 2022
I needed my mother's ID when I moved her into her nursing homes. I carried it with me at all times, and I never gave it to her.
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Call DMV.
Get ID card.
DMV in Marin County, CA came out to where my client lived as she was disabled.

Reading through some of these, you likely can download the application form on-line. Although do call DMV. If there is a long waiting time, the best kind of phone to have is one with a speaker so you can do whatever else you want / need to do while waiting.

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Charrf1313: Contact the Nevada DMV for your city, North Las Vegas. My late LEGALLY BLIND mother let her ID from the DMV expire. When it came time to get POA, the notary public discovered her error, but only as he was a friend, he let her use her Commissioner of the Blind ID; however, he was not supposed to do so.
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