It may surprise you to learn that none of the states in the United States require a senior citizen to give up their car keys at a certain age.
Retesting to ensure the elder is 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.
To help you determine the laws in your state, here is a chart with information that was taken from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS.org).
It outlines at what age and in which state seniors are required to take a vision or driving test and tells you whether online renewal is permitted for drivers over a certain age.
To use the table, just look for your state and then read across to see the requirements.
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.
Table Of Elderly Driving Laws By State
|State||License Renewals||Proof Of|
|Mail or Online|
|AL||Every 4 years||No||Online – every other renewal|
|AK||Every 5 years||69 and older, every renewal||69 and older – not permitted|
|AR||70 and older – every 4 – 8 years||Every other renewal||No|
|AZ||65 and older – every 5 years||Every 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|
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age do most seniors stop driving?
AARP mentions that most individuals stop driving at the age of 75. However, some are reluctant to give up driving.
At what age do driving skills decline?
When someone should stop driving is not strictly based on age, but rather on their individual cognitive and physical abilities. Factors such as reaction time, vision, hearing, and overall health play a significant role in determining driving competence.
What is a major factor for older drivers tend to be involved in crashes?
The most common violations committed by older drivers include failing to obey traffic signals, making unsafe turns and passes, and failing to yield. As they age, the risk of potentially injuring themselves or others in crashes significantly increases. Furthermore, due to their physical frailty, older drivers are more likely to be injured in an accident and more likely to die from that injury.