California Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

5-year renewal cycle (may be mail-in for no more than 2 sequential cycles)

Tests

Vision test and written knowledge test required.

Vision Tests

Minimum visual acuity is 20/200 (best corrected) in at least one eye, as verified by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Bioptic lenses are permitted for driving, but may not be used to meet 20/200 acuity standard.

Special Requirements

No renewal by mail at age 70.

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

At age 70, mail renewal is prohibited; no more than two sequential mail renewals are permitted, regardless of age.

DMV Website

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/

Senior Website

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/senior/senior_top.htm

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.