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 Pennsylvania.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four years in person, by mail or electronically. Motorists are required to pass a vision test at initial licensure, but not for renewal. Older adults have the option of renewing their driver’s license every two years.

Almost every state, including Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Driver Licensing website to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.


AAA offers PennDOT-approved basic and refresher mature driver improvement classroom courses. Drivers ages 55 and older are eligible to receive a 5 percent discount on vehicle insurance by completing the Basic Mature Driver Improvement Course. To maintain the discount, individuals need to take the Refresher Mature Driver Improvement Course every three years. Learn more >>


CarFit offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their vehicles “fit” them for maximum comfort and safety. The program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources related to their mobility and safety as drivers. Learn more >>


PennDOT’s highway safety website has an area for senior drivers. Learn more >>


Pennsylvania residents who qualify for retired status registration pay a $10 per year processing fee instead of the full registration renewal fee. To find out if you qualify for retired status registration, please refer to PennDOT’s Retired Status Fact Sheet. To apply for retired status registration, complete form MV-371. Learn more >>