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 Montana.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Montana, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every eight years. At every in-person renewal, motorists must pass a vision test. Up to age 75, a person may renew by mail every other renewal if he or she lives in a county that does not provide licensing services. The renewal process for older adults requires the following:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 75 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four years.
  • Limited renewal options. People age 75 and older must always renew in person.

Almost every state, including Montana, 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 Montana Motor Vehicles Division website or call (406) 444-3933 for more information, or download this medical review form.