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 Alaska.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Alaska, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every five years. At every in-person renewal, a person must pass a vision test or submit test results from a vision specialist. Until age 69, a person may renew by mail for every other renewal. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:


  • Limited renewal options. People age 69 and older must apply in person for every renewal.

Almost every state, including Alaska, 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 Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles website or call (907) 269-3771 to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

The Alaska DMV also provides information about options and resources for senior drivers online.