Virginia Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

5-year renewal cycle (mail-in every other cycle unless suspended or revoked, 2+ violations, seizures/blackouts, DMV medical review indicator on license, failed vision test)

Tests

Vision test required for renewal.

Vision Tests

Minimum acuity: 20/40 better eye for unrestricted; 20/200 with restrictions; bioptic telescopes are permitted with 20/200 through carrier, 20/70 through telescope.

Special Requirements

Accelerated Renewal

OtherProvisions

Knowledge and road test required if 2+ violations in 5 years.

DMV Website

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/

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.