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Older drivers

Statistics tell us that the crash rate for older drivers is relatively low due to the fact that most older drivers tend to self-regulate by taking simple but important precautions.

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Overview

Many older drivers are able to self-determine if they should drive based on their mental and physical ability. There is no age at which driving privileges are revoked, however if you are 75 or older, you have to renew your drivers license in person at an RMV Service Center to take an eye test. You can also present a vision screening certificate rather than take an eye test.

You may have medical limitations that affect your driving, which you must self-report to the RMV when renewing your drivers license. You can discuss getting adaptive equipment to assist in driving with your physician. You can also apply for a disability plate or placard through the RMV.

You can find a hospital or rehabilitation center that offers driver evaluation programs in the Your Health and Driving Safely brochure. AAA and AARP offer older driver safety programs. Professional driving schools provide driving instruction to all ages.

Additional Resources

Warning signs of unsafe driving

You may want to consider driving less or not at all if you have difficulty:

  • Seeing clearly in dusk and dark
  • With vehicle headlights obstructing your sight
  • With passing vehicles intimidating you
  • Reading road signs
  • Following detours or seeing police on detail
  • Seeing train crossing signals or hearing train whistles
  • Keeping up with the posted speed limit
  • Concentrating or staying alert behind the wheel
  • Hearing other vehicles
  • With driving basics like seat belts or head lights
  • With parking
  • With slow reaction times or reflexes

Drivers who voluntarily surrender their driver's licenses are eligible for a free Massachusetts ID card. To surrender your driver's license, contact the Medical Affairs division of the RMV at (857) 368-8020.

Additional Resources

Safe driving workshops and travel instruction training

Safe driving workshops

The RMV offers free, one-hour safe driving workshops across the state. To request a workshop in your community, complete and submit the Community Outreach Workshop Request Form.

For more information, see the RMV's safe driving presentation schedule or contact the RMV at (857) 368-9457.

Travel instruction training

The MBTA offers free travel instruction training to help seniors and people with disabilities travel independently on the bus, train, and commuter rail.

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Resources for caregivers

You can request a medical evaluation for another driver by filling out and signing the request for medical evaluation form. The report must contain the name and address or telephone number of the complaining party. The report must contain identification of the individual whose driving ability is being questioned, including the name and at least one of the following: social security number, license, date of birth, and address. In addition, the report must contain the reason for the complaint and/or a description of the supposed functional limitation.

How Tos

Use these instructions to assist your family member, friend, or person you are caring for with common RMV transactions.

Replace a Lost/Stolen Disability Placard Instructions

Registration Renewal Instructions

Driver's License/ID Renewal Instructions

Change of Address Instructions

Order Replacement Plates Instructions

 

Additional Resources

Senior Hours/Days for License/ID Renewal

Massachusetts law requires drivers who are 75 years of age or older to renew in person. The RMV has dedicated Wednesdays in October, November, and December at certain RMV Service Centers to anyone 74 years of age or older to renew with an appointment.

Below are the options to make an appointment: 

  • If you are a AAA member, you may make a reservation now to renew your driver’s license/ID at a AAA location. Visit aaa.com/appointments to schedule your visit.
  • If you are not a AAA member, visit Mass.Gov/RMV to make a reservation to renew at an RMV Service Center. Select the Seniors License Renewal option on the Make/Cancel a Reservation transaction
  • Email the RMV for assistance to renew at MassDOTRMVSeniors@dot.state.ma
  • Call the RMV at 857-368-8005

The Seniors License Renewal reservation warns customers that they will not be served if they select the Seniors option and they are not at least 74 years of age.

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