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 Colorado.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Colorado, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every 10 years. At every in-person renewal, a person must pass a vision test. Until age 66, 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 61 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every five years.
  • Limited renewal options. People age 66 and older may renew by mail only if they submit results of a vision test performed within the last six months.

Almost every state, including Colorado, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Colorado accepts reports only from family members. 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 Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles website or call (303) 205-5613 to learn more. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.