How to Renew Your License as a Senior

By Mail, At DMV, Eye Exams and More

How to Renew Your License as a Senior

Renewing your license as a senior, while not very different than any other renewal, has auxiliary procedures that can complicate the process a little bit. A person may submit a license for renewal by mail if they are under 70 and fit a few other non-age related requirements. If a person over 70 years of ages needs to renew their license, they must go to the DMV and take an 18 question renewal exam. If they pass, they will have to take the standard vision exam. If they pass that, they will likely be given their license! Usually a driving exam is not required. If the renewal applicant fails the eye exam or has other medical conditions, things get a little more complicated.

If the applicant fails without glasses, but has them and retakes the test, should they pass, they will likely be granted a license with a corrective lenses restriction. This means they must wear those glasses (or better) while driving.

If an applicant does not have glasses on them when they fail the vision test, they will be sent to an eye doctor with a DL 62 form, to be filled out and returned along with any vision corrections the eye doctor prescribes.

If you fail the vision test, you may have to take a driving test to determine if you can safely drive. You may also be asked to take a supplemental driving test if you have another kind of disability. Additionally, certain medical conditions may be assessed, resulting in restrictions, a retesting schedule or denial.

While there are no specific health conditions that can disqualify an applicant from receiving a renewal, several ailments are implicated in the complicating of the licensing procedure. There are conditions that affect sight, such as diabetes or brain tumors, as well as conditions that affect memory and general cognition like Alzheimer’s or stroke. In all of these cases, the ability of the applicant will be reviewed. If the condition is a progressive one, the privilege of driving will not be revoked outright; instead the applicant will have to frequently retest to prove their driving ability.
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