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.
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.
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.
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.