New York Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

5-year renewal cycle

Tests

No tests for renewal.

Vision Tests

Minimum best corrected acuity 20/40 in one eye; 20/40 - 20/70 best corrected one eye requires minimum 140E horizontal visual field; 20/80 - 20/100 best corrected in one eye requires minimum 140E horizontal visual field plus 20/40 through bioptic telescopic lens.

Special Requirements

No special requirements for older drivers.

Accelerated Renewal

none

OtherProvisions

Seniors 62 and older and those under 62 who are receiving Social Security Income (SSI) may apply for a 10-year card for a reduced fee of only $6.50. For this you'll need to prove your name and age and, if you receive SSI, provide one of the following Social Security Administration documents as proof that you receive SSI.

DMV Website

http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/dmv-driver-re-evaluation

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.