Americans Losing Interest in Obtaining Driver’s Licenses

With advances in technology and our ever growing and expanding implementation of public transit, fewer and fewer people are getting driver’s licenses. Young people are simply not acquiring a license. A few reasons people have cited for not getting or renewing their driver’s licenses include the cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle, options available for delivering goods to a person’s home, the ease of public transit and the availability of taxi services such as Uber and Lyft. Americans losing interest in obtaining their driver’s licenses can also be contributed to their personal perceived environmental impact, but a study by The University of Michigan shows that youngsters simply say they don’t have enough time to go through the process.
Statistics have shown a high percentage of the young population are not obtaining a driver’s license, which is usually considered a life changing event for teens, one that marks them growing up and becoming more independent. Older individuals are just not renewing their expired licenses. Should this be seen as progress? An increase in the quality and availability of public transit throughout the U.S. makes getting from place to place much easier. The cost of owning, maintaining and insuring a vehicle has in the past, been considered a major life expense and commitment. As the dynamic of young adults staying home changes, attending college courses online, and with the surge in telecommuting as employment options, the need to leave the house isn’t nearly as pressing anymore.

In terms of technological advances, people can function at high levels without ever leaving their homes. Entertainment and teleworking are 2 big reasons less Americans have driver’s licenses. Entertainment, shows, and other services that can be found streaming on the internet, as well as information and education at the click of your mouse. Another contributing factor  is the option to use a US passport as an ID option instead of your license. Some people who opt out of driving can apply for a U.S. Passport instead of hitting the DMV for a license. Those people who choose not to drive may consider not renewing and sticking with a Passport instead. Whether you’re deciding to renew your driver’s license, or are getting yours  for the first time you may want to consider whether or not you plan on owning or purchasing a car. If you have everything you need at your fingertips, and have access to great public transit, you may not need one. No matter what you decide in the driver’s license department, make sure you have a good form of ID in your possession. In order to acquire a proper form of ID, you will need certified copies of vital records to submit with your application. No matter how you choose to get there, we wish you safe travels!

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