"my brother survived for decades without a single form of photo ID"
Same here. And my wife. No passports. She doesn't drive and I passed my test many years before photo liceces became a thing. Those paper licences are valid, without chargeable renewals, until the holder reaches 70 years old. I sometimes have to explain to some younger people where I need to identify myself that, yes, an "old fashioned" paper driving licence is still a valid and legal document,