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Elderly Driving Laws By State

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 table in the second section with a link to the driver’s license division for each individual state.

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 – 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

 

Driver’s License Information Website By State:

If you need further information about the requirements each state has for driver’s licenses, renewals, and testing, here are the websites that can help:

StateDriver’s License Website
ALAlabama Law Enforcement Agency
AKDivision of Motor Vehicles
AZADOT
ARArkansas Dept. of Finance and Administration
CACalifornia Department of Motor Vehicles
COColorado Department of Revenuc/Division of Motor Vehicles
CTConnecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
DCWashington DC Department of Motor Vehicles
DEDelaware Division of Motor Vehicles
FLFlorida Division of Motorist Services
GAGeorgia Department of Driver Services
HIHawaii.gov
IAIowa Department of Transportation
IDIdaho Division of Motor Vehicles
ILIllinois Office of the Secretary of State
INIndiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
KSKansas Department of Revenue 
KYdrive.KY.gov
LALouisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
MAMass.gov
MDMaryland Motor Vehicle Administration
MEMaine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
MIMichigan Secretary of State
MNMinnesota Driver and Vehicle Services
MOMissouri Department of Revenue
MSMississippi Department of Public Safety
MTMontana Department of Justice
NCNorth Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
NDNorth Dakota Department of Transportation
NENebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
NHNew Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles
NJNew Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
NMNew Mexico Motor Vehicle Department
NVNevada Department of Motor Vehicles
NYNew York Department of Motor Vehicles
OHOhio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
OKOklahoma Department of Public Safety
OROregon Department of Transportation
PAPennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
RIRhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles
SCSouth Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
SDSouth Dakota Department of Public Safety
TNTennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
TXTexas Department of Public Safety
UTUtah Department of Public Safety
VAVirginia Department of Motor Vehicles
VTVermont Department of Motor Vehicles
WAWashington Sate Department of Licensing
WIWisconsin Department of Transportation
WVWest Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles
WYWyoming Department of Transportation

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