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 Wyoming.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In Wyoming, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four years, in person every other renewal. At every in-person renewal, drivers must pass a vision test, and for mail-in renewal, drivers must submit test results from a vision specialist on the renewal form. There are no additional requirements for senior drivers.

Almost every state, including Wyoming, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its state licensing office or department of motor vehicles. Wyoming accepts reports only from family members. 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.

Before taking this drastic step, contact the Wyoming Department of Transportation to become more familiar with the complete procedure and possible outcomes. You will be required to provide your name and contact information, which discourages some people from reporting a potentially unsafe driver.

Visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation Driver Services website or call (307)777-4800 for more information on the medical reporting process in the state.