Florida Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

6-year renewal cycle for clean driving record; 4-year renewal cycle for unclean record. In-person renewal required every 3rd cycle.

Tests

Vision test at in-person renewal.

Vision Tests

Must have 20/70 in either eye with or without corrective lenses. Monocular persons need 20/40 in fellow eye. Bioptic telescopes are not recognized to meet acuity standard.

Special Requirements

No special requirements for older drivers.

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

Renewal applicants 80 and older must pass a vision test administered at any driver's license office or if applying for an extension by mail must pass a vision test administered by a licensed physician or optometrist.

DMV Website

http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/

Senior Website

http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us//ddl/matureinfo.html

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.