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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.

StateLicense RenewalsProof Of
Adequate Vision
Mail or Online
Renewal Permitted
ALEvery 4 yearsNoOnline – every other renewal
AKEvery 5 years69 and older, every renewal69 and older – not permitted
AZ65 and older – every 5 yearsEvery renewalNo
AR70 and older – every 4 – 8 yearsEvery other renewalNo
CAEvery 5 years70 and older, every renewal70 and older – not permitted
COEvery 5 yearsEvery renewal66 and older – every other renewal
CT65 and older – every 2 yearsNoNo
DCEvery 8 yearsEvery renewal70 and older – not permitted
DEEvery 8 yearsEvery renewalNo
FL80 and older – every 6 years80 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
GAEvery 8 yearsEvery renewal64 and older – not permitted
HI72 and older – every 2 yearsEvery renewalEvery 2 consecutive renewals but must appear at least every 16 years
IA72 and older – every 2 years70 and older, every renewal70 and older – not permitted
ID63 and older – every 4 yearsEvery renewal70 and older – not permitted
IL81 to 86 – every 2 years
87 and older – every year
75 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
IN75 to 84 – every 3 years
85 and older – every 2 years
75 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
KS65 and older – every 4 yearsEvery renewalNo
KYEvery 8 yearsNoNo
LAEvery 6 years70 and older, every renewal70 and older – not permitted
MAEvery 5 years75 and older, every renewal75 and older – not permitted
MDEvery 8 years40 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
ME65 and older – every 4 years62 and older, every renewal62 and older – not permitted
MIEvery 4 yearsWhen renewing in personEvery other renewal
MNEvery 4 yearsEvery renewalNo
MO70 and older – every 3 yearsEvery renewalNo
MSEvery 4 to 8 yearsNoEvery other renewal
MT75 and older – every 4 yearsEvery renewalEvery other renewal
NC66 and older – every 5 yearsEvery renewalEvery other renewal
ND78 and older – every 4 yearsEvery renewal65 and older – not permitted
NEEvery 5 years72 and older, every renewal72 and older – not permitted
NHEvery 5 yearsEvery renewalEvery other renewal
NJ70 and older – every 2 to 4 yearsEvery 10 yearsBy mail only unless new photo is required
NM71 to 78 – every 4 years
79 and older – every year
75 and older, every renewal75 and older – not permitted
NV65 and older – every 4 years71 and older, every renewal65 and older – every other renewal
NYEvery 8 yearsEvery renewalNo restrictions
OHEvery 4 yearsEvery renewalNo
OKEvery 4 yearsNoNo
OREvery 8 years50 and older, every renewalNo
PA65 and older – every 2 to 4 yearsNoNo restrictions
RI75 and older – every 2 yearsEvery renewalEvery other renewal
SCEvery 8 yearsEvery renewalNo restrictions
SDEvery 5 years65 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
TNEvery 8 yearsNoNo restrictions
TX85 and older – every 2 years79 and older, every renewal79 and older – not permitted
UTEvery 8 years65 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
VA75 and older – every 5 years75 and older, every renewal75 and older – not permitted
VTEvery 2 to 4 yearsNoBy mail only unless new photo is required
WAEvery 6 yearsEvery renewal70 and older – not permitted
WIEvery 8 yearsEvery renewalNo
WVEvery 8 yearsEvery renewalOnline – every other renewal
WYEvery 5 yearsEvery 10 yearsBy 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

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