New Mexico

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 New Mexico.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In New Mexico, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four or eight years, at the option of the driver, and in person every renewal. At every renewal, motorists must pass a vision test or submit test results from a vision specialist. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

  • More frequent renewal. People age 67 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four years until age 75. People age 75 and older are required to renew their licenses annually.

Almost every state, including New Mexico, 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 New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division website for more information. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.


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