State by State Look at Driving Rules for Older Drivers

September 19, 2012

  • May 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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    I am a qualified driver, no arrests, or any accidents. Yet I am treated like a “loon” becuz I happen to have lived a good life and obeyed all the rules. Now I must whimper and plead because I happened to live and drive past the “required” life, as explained by insurance companies. There are no cabs or public transportation in Fredericksburg, TX If I fail the test because I am far sighted and need glasses to read but experienced and adequate to drive a car, I must whimper my life away. If I am assessed a good driver but lose my license because I am over 85 you are only punishing me because I happened to live longer than those who dope it up and drink incessqntly, May God bless u all because it is time we all will suffer.

  • October 8, 2016 at 7:11 pm
    TimGolden says:
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    U.S. Department of Justice,
    if y’all really want all drivers and all passengers to be safe then
    1) install speed cameras on all parkways and expressways
    2) start pulling (the data from) all vehicles’ black boxes when
    accidents happen

  • January 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm
    martin kidder says:
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    New Hampshire is foolish when it comes to real old drivers. In fact I was driving in Lebanon N.H. the other day and there is this guy from Canaan N.H. 86 years old can’t drive for beans cut right across in front of me never looked to see if anybody was coming missed T boning him by a couple inch’s this guy has caused other accidents in the past and they do nothing about old people like him until they kill someone. Something has to change and make these careless old folks take a road test every couple years or so to see if they can still operate safely for there sake and everybody else.

  • September 23, 2017 at 8:50 am
    Jim G says:
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    I am 65 and I am reconsidering our retirement to Georgia because of the discriminatory attitude toward senior drivers starting at age 59. I should have done my research. Unlike others in the state, I can’t renew online and have to renew every five years while others only have to go to DMV every 16 years. Georgia seems to be oblivious to retirees in many other areas as well. I have perfect vision and a spotless driving record.
    To add insult to injury, Georgia took away the tax credit for electric cars and now charges $200 to renew an electric registration every year. In many respects Georgia is going backwards.

  • October 10, 2018 at 8:35 am
    Patricia Wrinkle says:
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    “TENNESSEE: Licenses are renewed every five years, with no special provisions for older drivers.
    A bill introduced in 2006 to require vision and driving tests for seniors never advanced in the legislature”.

    This appears to be out of date information. I am 75 years old this month. I just renewed my drivers license in TN and my next renewal is stamped 10-1-2026! My second grade math says that’s 8 years til renewal.

  • November 16, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    Gail says:
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    I personally think there should be an age limit for driving and for leasing a car.
    Ownership gets in the way of that restriction, though..
    I hate the fact that I will be the bad “child” when I take away my mother’s independence (her thoughts), when I take away her keys.
    It would be easier if she just wasn’t allowed by law to drive after age 90.
    I know someone in her 90’s that had her driver’s license renewed for 7 years! And she got a 4 year lease from Lexus/Toyota!

  • August 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm
    Mark says:
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    My mom is on life support right now because an 89 year old man in a Ford F150 ran a light and t-boned them. I think a lot more attention needs to be given to licensing seniors..also the size of vehicle they can drive!!! If you are elderly driver, if you can drive, you shouldn’t be permitted to drive a big truck that can do much more damage than a smaller car. I would also be for some kind of limits for younger drivers as well.

  • September 5, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    I. L. Howe says:
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    My concerns regarding license renewals impact everyone on the road.
    [walkers, drivers, bikers, road work and those directing traffic, kids & critters.
    I know a lady who is still driving at age 96. She did not pass her eye test at the renewal appt., so she had her eye doctor write a note. My question is why is there no road test required for a senior over 85? Medical statistics reflect that
    *hearing, *eye sight and *reaction time will begin changing for most people after the age of 55. Therefore, It makes sense to expect that the registry would have more stringent age requirements. Those who are frail and walk bent over to one side will not necessarily be observable by the registry person at the desk. A road test would possibly provide observable information as the person approaches and “climbs” into the car looking to adjust the “seat cushion”.
    With the increase in tailgating and other drivers distracted by their “gadgets” a senior with reaction time challenges is an accident waiting to happen. ILH



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