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At What Age Do Seniors Have To Take A Driving Test?

Every municipality across the globe has a different set of regulations as to when seniors have to take (re-take) a driving test.

In this article you will find the driving regulations for seniors in each state within the USA as well as some European countries.

Below is a chart with information taken from IIHS.org outlining at what age and in which state seniors are required to take a driving test.

State License Renewals Proof Of
Adequate Vision
Mail or Online
Renewal Permitted
AL Every 4 years No Online – every other renewal
AK Every 5 years 69 and older, every renewal 69 and older – not permitted
AZ 65 and older – every 5 years Every renewal No
AR 70 and older – every 4 – 8 years Every other renewal No
CA Every 5 years 70 and older, every renewal 70 and older – not permitted
CO Every 5 years Every renewal 66 and older – every other renewal
CT 65 and older – every 2 years No No
DC Every 8 years Every renewal 70 and older – not permitted
DE Every 8 years Every renewal No
FL 80 and older – every 6 years 80 and older, every renewal Every other renewal
GA Every 8 years Every renewal 64 and older – not permitted
HI 72 and older – every 2 years Every renewal Every 2 consecutive renewals but must appear at least every 16 years
IA 72 and older – every 2 years 70 and older, every renewal 70 and older – not permitted
ID 63 and older – every 4 years Every renewal 70 and older – not permitted
IL 81 to 86 – every 2 years
87 and older – every year
75 and older, every renewal Every other renewal
IN 75 to 84 – every 3 years
85 and older – every 2 years
75 and older, every renewal Every other renewal
KS 65 and older – every 4 years Every renewal No
KY Every 8 years No No
LA Every 6 years 70 and older, every renewal 70 and older – not permitted
MA Every 5 years 75 and older, every renewal 75 and older – not permitted
MD Every 8 years 40 and older, every renewal Every other renewal
ME 65 and older – every 4 years 62 and older, every renewal 62 and older – not permitted
MI Every 4 years When renewing in person Every other renewal
MN Every 4 years Every renewal No
MO 70 and older – every 3 years Every renewal No
MS Every 4 to 8 years No Every other renewal
MT 75 and older – every 4 years Every renewal Every other renewal
NC 66 and older – every 5 years Every renewal Every other renewal
ND 78 and older – every 4 years Every renewal 65 and older – not permitted
NE Every 5 years 72 and older, every renewal 72 and older – not permitted
NH Every 5 years Every renewal Every other renewal
NJ 70 and older – every 2 to 4 years Every 10 years By mail only unless new photo is required
NM 71 to 78 – every 4 years
79 and older – every year
75 and older, every renewal 75 and older – not permitted
NV 65 and older – every 4 years 71 and older, every renewal 65 and older – every other renewal
NY Every 8 years Every renewal No restrictions
OH Every 4 years Every renewal No
OK Every 4 years No No
OR Every 8 years 50 and older, every renewal No
PA 65 and older – every 2 to 4 years No No restrictions
RI 75 and older – every 2 years Every renewal Every other renewal
SC Every 8 years Every renewal No restrictions
SD Every 5 years 65 and older, every renewal Every other renewal
TN Every 8 years No No restrictions
TX 85 and older – every 2 years 79 and older, every renewal 79 and older – not permitted
UT Every 8 years 65 and older, every renewal Every other renewal
VA 75 and older – every 5 years 75 and older, every renewal 75 and older – not permitted
VT Every 2 to 4 years No By mail only unless new photo is required
WA Every 6 years Every renewal 70 and older – not permitted
WI Every 8 years Every renewal No
WV Every 8 years Every renewal Online – every other renewal
WY Every 5 years Every 10 years By mail – every other renewal

What Is The Maximum Driving Age By State?

I was really surprised to find out that there is NO maximum driving age in any of the 50 Untied States (or it’s territories)!

Given the dangers that a senior driver can pose, I would have thought each state would dictate at what ages should elderly stop driving.

Keep in mind, though, some states are more restrictive on their older drivers.

For example, Illinois requires road testing and in-person renewals for drivers age 75 and older. Additionally, Illinois drivers who are age 87 and over must renew their driver’s license annually.

What States Retest Elderly Drivers?

It might help to know what states retest elderly drivers. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the states that test senior drivers in some manner are:

  • AZ, CO, FL, GA, ME, MD, OR, SC, UT, VA – a vision test is required for license renewal
  • Washington, DC – requires a vision test, may also ask the senior to complete a reaction assessment in some cases
  • IL, NH – require a road test for license renewal

Driving Test Rules For Seniors Around The World

Australia – Beginning at age 75, drivers must pass a medical examination in order to continue driving.

Britain – Beginning at age 70, drivers must re-apply for a drivers license (and every 3 years onward).  No other requirements are necessary.

Canada – In some parts of Canada, drivers age 75 must pass a medical exam.  Again at age 80 and then every 2 years.  Other parts of Canada require re-testing at age 80.

Denmark – Beginning at age 70, drivers licenses are renewed for 3 years and then every 2 years and then 1 year at age 80 plus.

Ireland – Any driver over the age of 70 must pass a medical examination every 3 years.

Italy – Beginning at age 70, drivers can renew their licenses every 3 years.

New Zealand – At age 75, drivers can renew their licenses for 5 years and at age 80 every 2 years.

The European countries that do not require any renewal procedure are Belgium, France and Sweden.

Related Reading

How Do You Get An Elderly Person To Stop Driving?

How To Stop A Person With Dementia From Driving

How Do You Know When To Stop Driving? 8 Signs To Look For

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