Driver license renewal for the elderly: A case study

Nikiforos Stamatiadis, Kenneth R. Agent, Michael Ridgeway

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Periodic renewal of driver licenses is an integral part of the driver licensing procedures for most states. Renewal of driver licenses is usually required every 4 years, and many states conduct vision tests before granting renewal. A few states require additional testing, whereas several states have no vision testing or any other examinations at renewal. Still fewer have additional requirements for older drivers. The increasing percentage of older drivers and the visual changes due to aging or disease are also additional concerns. Thus, it was considered important to systematically review current practices regarding license renewal and retesting and identify potential changes in these procedures. For older drivers, a more frequent renewal period is proposed, accompanied by a vision screening and a medical questionnaire to determine physical and mental status of older drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-56
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Driver license
  • Older drivers
  • Retesting
  • Young drivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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