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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

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

 

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:

State Driver’s License Website
AL Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
AK Division of Motor Vehicles
AZ ADOT
AR Arkansas Dept. of Finance and Administration
CA California Department of Motor Vehicles
CO Colorado Department of Revenuc/Division of Motor Vehicles
CT Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
DC Washington DC Department of Motor Vehicles
DE Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles
FL Florida Division of Motorist Services
GA Georgia Department of Driver Services
HI Hawaii.gov
IA Iowa Department of Transportation
ID Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles
IL Illinois Office of the Secretary of State
IN Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
KS Kansas Department of Revenue  
KY drive.KY.gov
LA Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
MA Mass.gov
MD Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
ME Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
MI Michigan Secretary of State
MN Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services
MO Missouri Department of Revenue
MS Mississippi Department of Public Safety
MT Montana Department of Justice
NC North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
ND North Dakota Department of Transportation
NE Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
NH New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles
NJ New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
NM New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department
NV Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
NY New York Department of Motor Vehicles
OH Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
OK Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
OR Oregon Department of Transportation
PA Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
RI Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles
SC South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
SD South Dakota Department of Public Safety
TN Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
TX Texas Department of Public Safety
UT Utah Department of Public Safety
VA Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
VT Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
WA Washington Sate Department of Licensing
WI Wisconsin Department of Transportation
WV West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles
WY Wyoming Department of Transportation

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