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 Nevada.

Decisions about licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Nevada, motorists are required to renew their driver’s license every eight years up to age 65, in person every other renewal. At every in-person renewal, motorists must pass a vision test. However, the licensing renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • More Frequent Renewal. People ages 65 and older are required to update thier licenses every four years.
  • Medical Reporting. Drivers age 70 and older renewing by mail must submit a medical report.

Almost every state has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its state licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Nevada accepts reports from family members, which must be submitted with an affidavit from a physician agreeing a driver should be reevaluated. If the 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 Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles website or call (775) 684-4830 for more information. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.