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 Minnesota.
Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Minnesota, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person and pass a vision test every four years. There are no additional requirements for older drivers.
Almost every state, including Minnesota, 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 Minnesota Department of Public Safety website or call (651) 296-2025 to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.
State-Specific Programs for Senior Drivers
MINNESOTA PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFE MOBILITY
AAA is a member of the Minnesota Partnership for Safe Mobility (MPSM), a collaborative of public, nonprofit and educational experts working to influence policy, create initiatives and promote research that will improve the safety and mobility of Minnesota’s aging population. Learn more >>
MATURE DRIVER COURSE (IN CLASSROOM)
Senior driver improvement courses are offered by your AAA club, as well as through the Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center at St. Cloud State University. Completion of these courses allows seniors to become eligible for a 10 percent auto insurance discount. Classes are taught throughout Minnesota, including at AAA locations in St. Louis Park and Burnsville. Learn more about courses offered by your local AAA club >>
MATURE DRIVER COURSE (ONLINE)
AAA’s Mature Operators Driver Improvement class is created for drivers age 55 and older. The program provides tips and techniques to help experience drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time. The course provides a quick refresher on defensive driving skills and new traffic laws, road markings and signs. Learn more >>