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 Wisconsin.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Wisconsin, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person and pass a vision test or submit test results from a vision specialist every eight years. There are no additional requirements for senior drivers.

Almost every state, including Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles website or call (608) 266-2327 to learn more about the process and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.

MATURE DRIVER COURSE (Classroom and Online) AAA’s Mature Operators Driver Improvement class is for drivers age 55 and older. The program provides tips and techniques to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time. The course provides a quick refresher on defensive driving skills and new traffic laws, road markings and signs. Learn more >> CARFIT The CarFit program is designed to improve “fit” between mature drivers and their vehicles through actions they can take to enhance comfort and safety behind the wheel. CarFit offers specific, practical community resources to help older drivers maintain and strengthen their wellness to extend their safe, independent driving years. Learn more >>