New Mexico Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

4- or 8-year renewal cycle

Tests

Vision test required for renewal; knowledge and driving test may be required.

Vision Tests

Minimum acuity: 20/40 better eye; 20/80 better eye with restrictions.

Special Requirements

Drivers who reach the age of 75 during the last 4 years of the 8 year period may not required to apply for an 8-year license.

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

Drivers may not apply for 8-year license if they will reach the age of 75 during the last 4 years of the 8-year period.

DMV Website

http://www.tax.state.nm.us/mvd/mvd_home.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.