Alaska Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

5-year renewal cycle (mail-in every other cycle)

Tests

Vision test required at in-person renewal.

Vision Tests

Minimum 20/40 in one eye for unrestricted license, 20/40 to 20/100 needs report from an eye specialist. Bioptic lenses may be use under certain conditions.

Special Requirements

No renewal by mail for drivers age 69+ and to those whose prior renewal was by mail.

Accelerated Renewal

OtherProvisions

At age 60, a free identification card is issued. A 66-year-old may register one vehicle for free.

DMV Website

http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/AK_Alaska_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm

Senior Website

http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/ADMIN/dmv/research/mdi.pdf

Additional Information

What to do if you think a Senior should not be driving: Caregiverlist's Safe Driving Checklist

AARP Driver Safety Courses: as car features and driving laws change, this is an effective way to polish up on defensive driving techniques. Visit AARP's website to find a senior driver safety course near you.

If you are having difficulty addressing safe driving with your parents or grandparents or senior loved one, know that you are not the first to have this challenge. We share the humor of South Park with you from this television show's episode, called "Grey Dawn".

Geriatric Care Managers: you may want a third-party senior care professional to assist you with addressing the issue of driving with your senior loved one. Geriatric Care Managers (GCM's) are trained in how to manage issues around aging with seniors and their family members to achieve a positive outcome.