The posts about
driver license renewals for older folks piqued my curiosity as to what special driver's licensing requirements exist in each state. Especially since a number of us here are of the age where such requirements may affect us.
So I searched a little and found sites that tell this information. This one was typical, summarizing the main points for each state:https://www.taosinjurylawyers.com/blog/elderly-driving-laws-by-state/
Some interesting facts from the list they give:
States that have no special licensing requirements because of age:
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
The other states have, IMO, "moderate" extra requirements (see list), while these states (again IMO) seemed a little more demanding:
Colorado – Starting at age 61, more frequent license renewals are required. A driver’s license must be renewed every five years instead of every ten years.
Hawaii – Starting at age 72, a license must be renewed every two years instead of every eight years in Hawaii.
Illinois – Beginning at age 75, drivers are required to renew their license in person and to take a road test.
Iowa – Drivers in Iowa must renew their license every two years starting at age 70.
Maryland – Drivers age 40 and older must include a report from a vision specialist when renewing their license in Maryland.
New Mexico – Drivers in New Mexico must renew their license every four years starting at 67; annually starting at 75.
Rhode Island – Drivers in Rhode Island must renew their license in person every two years starting at age 75.
South Dakota – Drivers in South Dakota need a statement from a vision specialist starting at 65.
This state struck me as having the oddest requirements because of the ages involved:
Texas – Drivers in Texas must apply for a license in person starting at 79. A license must be renewed every two years starting at 85.
But the place with the most demanding requirements, again IMO, was:
District of Columbia – At age 70, renewals in the District of Columbia must be done in person and drivers must also have certification of physical and mental competence from a doctor.
Curious that a good number of states have no special requirements for older drivers, while others definitely make it tougher.
(Which sort of leads to the question, should there be a national standard for license renewal for people beyond a certain age, or should it be left to the states, who may have different requirements?)