Texas

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 Texas.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Texas, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every six years. At every in-person renewal, motorists must pass a vision test. Up to age 79, a person may renew electronically or by mail every other renewal. The renewal process for older adults requires the following:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 85 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every two years.
  • Limited renewal options. People age 79 and older must apply in person for every renewal.

Almost every state, including Texas, 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 Texas Department of Public Safety website to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES

Services offered by DADS, including home health care and home and community-based programs, allow many people to remain in their own homes or communities. Additionally, DADS can locate assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities and nursing homes. Learn more >>

CARFIT

CarFit offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their vehicles “fit” them for maximum comfort and safety. The program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources related to their mobility and safety as drivers. Learn more >>

TEXAS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Occupational therapy professionals use exercises, patient education and advanced rehabilitation techniques to help patients regain the ability to complete everyday activities, including driving. Occupational therapists perform ergonomic assessments and help patients with illnesses including arthritis, cerebral palsy, stroke, hand injuries and head injuries. Learn more >>