Florida

A rapidly growing number of senior drivers on our nation’s highways has prompted many states to develop special tools, programs and resources to assist older adults and their families to better manage safe driving.

Many states also have enacted driver’s licensing laws with special provisions for older adults. Summarized below are programs and licensing laws that exist in the great state of Florida.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Florida, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every eight years, in person every other renewal. Motorists must pass a vision test or submit test results from a vision specialist at every in-person renewal. However, the renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 80 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every six years.

Almost every state, including Florida, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Law enforcement officers and physicians represent the majority of individuals submitting reports, although concerned citizens also can do so. If a state agency finds a complaint reasonable and credible, it may ask the reported driver to submit additional information, which could be used to help determine if a screening or assessment is justified.

Visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

Florida DHSMV contact information.

AAA SENIOR DEFENSIVE DRIVER PROGRAM (CLASSROOM)

Designed to help senior drivers aged 55 and older be safer while staying behind the wheel longer, this classroom course teaches experienced drivers how to compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time; understand how prescription medications may affect driving; and drive defensively. Completion of the course may reduce auto insurance premium. Learn more >>

FLORIDA MATURE DRIVER PROGRAM (ONLINE)

This web-based course is designed to positively affect driving behavior, help seniors learn about age-related physical changes that may impact their ability to drive safely and provide tips on how to adjust for those changes. The course can be taken in the comfort of your home. Completion may reduce auto insurance premium. Learn more >>

FLORIDA’S SAFE MOBILITY FOR LIFE COALITION

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has established a statewide coalition to address the needs of Florida’s aging road users. The coalition has created a comprehensive, primarily web-based resource center for seniors and their families to obtain a variety of safety- and transportation-related resources in Florida. Learn more >>

TRAFFIC SAFETY FOUNDATION

The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation is committed to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in targeted communities. Learn more >>