States vary in their approach to license renewal for older drivers. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have special provisions in place for older driver’s license renewal. Several states require in-person renewal of a driver’s license in combination with a shorter renewal period for older drivers. In 2012, Maryland extended its license renewal for all drivers from five to eight years; there are currently no special provisions in place for older drivers.
|State||Standard Renewal||Age-based Requirements|
|Illinois||4 years||Every 2 years beginning at 81 years; Annually beginning at 87 years|
|Iowa||5 years||Every 2 years beginning at 70 years; In-person renewal|
|Hawaii||8 years||Every 2 years beginning at 72 years|
|New York||8 years||None|
Comparison of Select States License Renewal Frequency
The Journal Times – January 2, 2014
Older Drivers Would Have To Renew Licenses Every 4-Years
December 10, 2013
Journal Times editorial: Proposal to test senior drivers’ vision is reasonable
The Washington Times – December 15, 2013
Daily Press – January 13, 2014
Pilot Online – January 23, 2014
Massachusetts legislature has cut the renewal period for drivers 75 and older in half, to five years, and requires in person renewals, and a vision exam.
Proposed legislation would add a road (or simulated) test for those 85 and up.