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Elderly Driving Laws By State: What You Need to Know

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It may surprise you to learn that none of the states in the United States require an elderly drive to give up their car keys at a certain age.

Retesting senior drivers to ensure that they are a safe driver also differs among the states.

Further, each state has its own requirements for allowing senior citizens to continue driving.

For example, seniors must pass a vision test periodically in some areas of the country, while other states make seniors renew their license on a more frequent basis than people in younger age groups.

If you need more information about which documents you need if you are a new resident of a state or if you need to know the answer to a frequently asked question (FAQ), we have included a link to the driver’s license division for each individual state.

To help you determine the laws in your state, below is a chart with information that was taken from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS.org).

Table Of Elderly Driving Laws By State

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 – only in person renewals
AR70 and older – every 4 – 8 yearsEvery other renewalNo
AZ65 and older – every 5 yearsEvery renewalNo
CAEvery 5 years70 and older, every renewal70 and older – only in person renewals
COEvery 5 yearsEvery renewal66 and older – every other renewal
CT65 and older – every 2 yearsNoNo
DCEvery 8 yearsEvery renewal70 and older – only in person renewals
DEEvery 8 yearsEvery renewalNo
FL80 and older – every 6 years80 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
GAEvery 8 yearsEvery renewal64 and older – only in person renewals
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 – only in person renewals
ID63 and older – every 4 yearsEvery renewal70 and older – only in person renewals
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 – only in person renewals
MAEvery 5 years75 and older, every renewal75 and older – only in person renewals
MDEvery 8 years40 and older, every renewalEvery other renewal
ME65 and older – every 4 years62 and older, every renewal62 and older – only in person renewals
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

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