District of Columbia Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

4-year renewal cycle (in-person)

Tests

At age 70, vision test required and physician's signature; at age 75, written knowledge and road tests.

Vision Tests

20/70 in better eye requires 140 E visual field for restricted license.

Special Requirements

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

For 70-year old renewal applicants, a medical report plus a reaction test may also be required and physician signature attesting to physical and mental capability to drive.

DMV Website

http://www.dmv.com/dc/district-of-columbia/senior-drivers

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.