Illinois Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

4-year renewal cycle for ages 21 to 80 (mail-in every other cycle for drivers with clean records and no medical report review requirements).


Vision test at in-person renewal. Written test every 8 years unless clean driving record.

Vision Tests

20/40 in better eye for no restrictions; 20/70 in better eye results in daylight only restriction. May have 20/100 in better eye and 20/40 through bioptic telescope.

Special Requirements

From ages 81 to 86, reduction of interval to 2 years. At age 87, reduction of interval to 1 year. No renewal by mail, vision test required, and on-road driving test required at age 75+.

Accelerated Renewal

2 years for drivers ages 81-86; 1 year for drivers 87 and older.


Renewal applicants 75 and older must take a road test.

DMV Website

Senior Website

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.