How California Drivers License Laws Protect Older Drivers

Older Drivers

Keeping Older Drivers Safe

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 there were 5,560 people killed ages 65 and older, and 214,000 injured in accidents. In order to keep loved ones safe on the road, it is important to understand how the license renewal process protects older drivers.

License Renewal for Older Drivers

Different states have various license renewal laws for older drivers. For California, drivers between the ages of 65-70 are required to renew their license, and then continue to renew every 5 years. Beginning at the age of 70, mail renewal for licenses is prohibited.

As stated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the license renewal process for older drivers is composed of a vision, written, and possibly a road test to see if the driver is still fit to drive safely. Older drivers are required to take a driving test if they do not meet the DMV’s vision requirements or if they have been referred to the DMV by an outside source.

License Restriction and Revocation

After the tests, restrictions and conditions may be placed on the driver including: mechanical devices on the vehicle, limiting when and where the person can drive, or requiring eye glasses or other aids. If the condition of the driver is going to put themselves and other drivers at risk, the license may be revoked by the DMV.

If you feel the need to request a driver reexamination for a loved one, the DMV provides an online Request for Driver Reexamination form, which can be submitted to your local office in person or by mail.

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  1. California Department of Motor Vehicles. Senior Driver – Driving Tests. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  2. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Older Drivers – State Laws. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Older Population. Retrieved January 14, 2015.


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