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 Maine.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Maine, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every six years, in person every other renewal. Motorists are required to pass a vision test at initial licensure, but not again until renewing a license at age 40 of older. The renewal process for older adults requires the following:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 65 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four years.
  • Vision testing. At every other renewal, people ages 40 to 61 must pass a vision test or submit test results from a vision specialist. People age 62 and older must pass a vision test at every renewal.

Almost every state, including Maine, 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 Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles website or call (207) 624-9000 ext. 52124 to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.