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Maryland Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

5-year renewal cycle

Tests

Vision tests required for renewal (binocular, acuity, peripheral).

Vision Tests

Minimum acuity of at least 20/40 plus continuous field of vision at least 140E in each eye for unrestricted license; at least 20/70 in one or both eyes for restricted, but requires continuous field of view of at least 110E with at least 35E lateral to the midline of each side; 20/70-20/100 requires special permission from MAB.

Special Requirements

Medical report required for new drivers over age 70. (Maryland law specifies that age alone is not grounds for re-examination of older drivers).

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

Vision test required at age 40 and older at every renewal.

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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.