I just returned from the Department of Motor Vehicles where I picked up my new federally compliant ID/driver's license-- my old license was set to expire on August 1st (my birthday), and as of 2014, all licenses will have to comply with the new federal standards.
This probably confirms me as shallow, but I said a quick prayer before having my photo taken as I didn't exactly relish the idea of carrying around a terrible-looking identification card for the next five years. And, at the DMV they're pretty ruthless-- you get one shot and that's it! I have to say that I am happy with the results, although with their no-smile policy, it does come off looking a bit like a mugshot. Oh well!
While we're at it, I thought I'd post a few pics of me through the years. Below (from left to right) you can see my first passport (I got it at fifteen to go to Juarez, Mexico on a mission trip with my church), my current passport (I got that in 2000 so that I could go to Paris, France-- my first trip overseas!), my last driver's license that I got when 26, and the "Under 21" license was my very first license, issued when I was sixteen and a half.
Next up: finding my misplaced passport so that I can renew it before it expires in October. I'm hoping I have more travels ahead!