Here are seven ways that your drivers license can help you live life to the fullest and funnest.
1. Board a plane
You probably want to travel the world with your BFF, or at least, visit your out-of-state grandparents to feel loved and spoiled. If you’re over the age of 18, you will need to show your drivers license to make it through airport security. A state-issued photo ID card or passport will also work.
If you left all those goodies at home (or lost them), you may still have a chance. Just complete an identity verification process with the TSA agent, which asks for your name, address, and other personal info. If your identity is confirmed, you’re good to go, although you may be subject to additional pat-downs or carry-on luggage screenings.
2. Rent a car
Vacations are only fun if you have reliable transportation to all the Insta worthy spots on your hit list. You can hop on a tour bus, but if you want to go at your own pace and take the scenic route, you’ll need to rent a car, which requires a valid drivers license.
3. Rent a boat
No need to attend Mrs. Puff’s boating school. Some rental spots offer beginner classes, but they’re not required for you to rent a vessel for a couple hours. You’ll just need a drivers license to rent most motorized boats and at least a photo ID for kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. Once you’re on the water, you’re the captain, even if your paddleboard tips over one, two, or seventeen times.
4. Rent a bike
Biking is a fun, fit way to explore a city, even if it’s your hometown! You’ll need a photo ID to rent a bike or join a bike tour. If you’re feeling extra adventurous and have a drivers license, some cities have electric scooter rentals too! That’s right, you can become a sc∞ter boi/gurl for a day!
When you hit the road, remember to follow all traffic rules that cars follow. Yes, you have to stop at stop signs for the full three seconds like everyone else. Follow the speed limit, traffic signs, and the flow of traffic. DO use arm turn signals and DO NOT use your phone.
5. Watch rated R movies in theaters
If you’re at least 17 years old, you can watch rated R movies without having to hold your parent’s hand! Just waltz up to the box office and flash your photo ID or drivers license.
6. Go clubbing
Hit the dance floor and do the electric slide, moonwalk, whip, dab, the backpack kid dance… however the young folk are doing it these days. The bouncer will want to see your ID to make sure you’re over the age of 21, but there are some spots that are open to 18 year olds too! Have fun, be safe, and make sure your squad has a designated driver or Uber ride home if you plan on drinking.
7. Get a motorcycle license
Once you have your Class C drivers license in the bag, you can upgrade to a Class M motorcycle license. If that’s your speed, take a state-approved motorcycle safety education course and visit your local DPS to complete the following:
- Provide your…
- Motorcycle course completion certificate
- Proof of identity (including your Class C drivers license)
- Social Security Number
- Motorcycle registration and insurance
- Pay a $16 fee
- Pass the vision test
- If you are under the age of 18, you will also have to…
- Submit a high-school Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form
- Have a parent present to provide an authorization signature
- Pass the motorcycle drive test