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 Massachusetts.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Massachusetts, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every five years. At every in-person renewal, motorists must pass a vision test. Up to age 75, a person may renew a license electronically every other renewal. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • Limited renewal options. People age 75 and older must apply in person for every renewal.

Almost every state, including Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles website to become learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

Massachusetts RMV contact information.