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Aging Drivers and License Renewals

car_driving_sm.jpgFor better or for worse, our current culture is very vehicle-dependent; in many places, cars are the only convenient link to the outside world. Unfortunately, as people age, driving can become more difficult and more dangerous. Statistically, the elderly drive less but have more crashes per mile than younger drivers. This is partially because elderly individuals are more likely to be affected by poor eyesight, chronic disease, and medications that might impair driving.

States vary widely on how they treat older drivers. While no state will revoke a driver's license based only on the driver's age, some states, including Texas, put restrictions on license renewals for elderly drivers.

For example, many states have accelerated renewal periods for people over a certain age. Texas requires everyone age 85 and older to renew their license every two years as opposed to every six years for people under age 85.

Texas also requires drivers age 79 and older to take a vision test when renewing their license and will not allow such drivers to renew their licenses by mail.

For information each state's license renewal procedures, click here.

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