Mature Driver Laws
More and more Americans are outliving their ability to drive safely. As a result of impairments in three functions that are important for driving – vision, cognition and motor function – older drivers have a higher crash risk than middle aged adults.
To address this issue, many states have have enacted laws that contain specific licensing requirements for older drivers.
- Accelerated renewal frequency;
- Restriction of online or mailed renewals;
- Vistion test;
- Road test; or
- Reduced or waived renewal fees.
NOTE: GHSA does not compile any additional data on mature driver laws other than what is presented here. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.
|State||Length of Regular Renewal Cycle (Yrs.)||Provisions for Mature Drivers|
|Alaska||5||>69: no mail renewal|
|Arizona||Until age 65||>65: renewal every 5 yrs.,mail renewal requires passage of vision exam within the prior 3 months
>70: no mail renewal
|California||5||>70: no mail renewal|
|Colorado||10||>61: renewal every
>66: no electronic renewal, mail renewal requires passage of vision exam within the prior 6 months
|Connecticut||Choice of 4 or 6||>65: choice of 2- or 6-year renewal, mail renewal requires demonstration of hardship|
|D.C.||5||>70: vision test, possible reaction test, and physician's letter|
|Florida||8||>80: renewal every 6 yrs. with vision test (in person or physician's letter if renewing by mail or electronically)|
|Georgia||Choice of 5 or 10; veterans valid until 65 yrs.||>60: renewal every 5 yrs.
>64: vision test
|Hawaii||8||>72: renewal every 2 yrs.|
|Idaho||Choice of 4 or 8 for drivers ages 21-62||>63: renewal every 4 yrs.|
|Illinois||4||>81-86: renewal every
>87: renewal every year
>75: road test
|Indiana||6||75-84: renewal every 3 yrs.
>85: renewal every 2 yrs.
>70: no electronic or mail renewal
|Iowa||5||>70: renewal every 2 yrs.|
|Kansas||6||>65: renewal every 4 yrs.|
|Louisiana||4||>70: no mail renewal|
|Maine||6||>65: renewal every 4 yrs.
40-61: vision test at every other renewal
>62: vision test at every renewal
|Maryland||5||>40: vision test|
|Massachusetts||5||>75: renewal in person only|
|Mississippi||Choice of 4 or 8|
|Missouri||6||>70: renewal every 3 yrs.|
|Montana||8 (or 4 by mail)||>75: renewal every 4 yrs.|
|Nebraska||5||>72: no electronic renewal|
|Nevada||4||>70: mail renewal must include medical report|
|New Hampshire||5||>75: road test|
|New Mexico||Choice of 4 or 8||>75: renewal every year|
|North Carolina||8||>66: renewal every 5 yrs.
>60: parallel parking not required on road test
|North Dakota||6||>78: renewal every 4 yrs.|
|Northern Mariana Islands||3|
|Oklahoma||4||62-64: fee reduced
>65: fee waived
|Oregon||8||>50: vision test|
|Rhode Island||5||>75: renewal every 2 yrs.|
|South Carolina||10||>65: renewal and vision test every 5 yrs.|
|Tennessee||5||>60: fee reduced
>65: no expiration
|Texas||6||>85: renewal every 2 yrs.
>79: no electronic or mail renewal
|Utah||5||>65: vision test|
|Virginia||8||>80: vision test|
|Total States||Yrs. (# of States)
3 (Northern Mariana Islands)
5 (13 + D.C.)
Until age 65 (1)
Drivers' choice (5)
Varies by method (1)
|33 States + D.C|