Oregon

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 Oregon.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Oregon, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person every eight years. Motorists are required to pass a vision test at initial licensure, and for renewal for drivers age 50. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • Vision testing. People age 50 and older must pass a vision test administered at any driver’s license office every eight years.

Almost every state, including Oregon, 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 Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division website to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

THE AT-RISK DRIVER PROGRAM

All driver license applicants must answer a series of medical questions through this program, which identifies drivers whose medical conditions, impairments or driving behaviors affect their ability to drive safely. . If an applicant answers “yes” to any question, indicating a condition affecting driver safety, the applicant is not eligible for a license and cannot receive one until establishing that the condition does not affect the ability to drive safely.Learn more >>

OREGON’S SAFE MOBILITY INITIATIVE

This is a statewide campaign related to the At-Risk Driver Program to increase public awareness about risks to public safety from drivers with visual, functional or cognitive impairment. Goals include encouraging drivers’ self-assessment for declining driving ability, providing resource information to family members and caregivers, promoting driver improvement classes and alternative methods of transportation, and encouraging state and regional planning and coordination for the safe mobility of all individuals through greater use of technology, engineering and public transportation.