Georgia

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 Georgia.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Georgia, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person every eight years. The renewal process for older adults requires the following:

  • Vision Testing. People age 65 and older are required to pass a vision test when renewing.

Almost every state, including Georgia, 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 Georgia Department of Driver Services website to learn more.

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 >>

GEORGIA DIVISION OF AGING SERVICES

The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services administers a statewide system of services for senior citizens, their families and caregivers. The department works with other aging agencies and organizations to respond to the needs of elderly Georgians through continued service improvement and innovation. Learn more >>

GEORGIA LOCAL AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

The Division of Aging Services (DAS) coordinates with 12 Area Agencies on Aging identified by geographical boundaries. All community-based services for older Georgians are coordinated through these agencies. 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 >>