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Senior Drivers in Florida

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In addition to being a convenience and an enjoyable activity for many people, driving is also a symbol of one's independence. As we age, there are a numerous factors that can affect our driving skills, and hinder our ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants older drivers to maintain their driving independence as long as they continue to drive safely and confidently.


Florida drivers who are 80 years of age or older at the time their current driver license expires can renew their license in person at a local DHS&MV office or by phone or mail after clearing a vision test (see below). You may in certain situations be asked to take a written knowledge test as well. In preparation for this, you can review the Florida Drivers Handbook and take practice tests before going for your license renewal. After clearing the vision test, you can renew your license in person, online or via phone. For faster service, Florida has developed OASIS (Online Appointment Service and Information System) where you can schedule an Online Appointment Service and Information System (OASIS) or get queries answered.


Florida drivers of age 79 or above who renew their license will be asked to undergo a basic vision test to ensure they are able to safely operate a motor vehicle. If you wear eyeglasses, be sure to bring them with you to the DHS&MV. In addition, if you have not had your vision checked recently, or if you believe your eyesight has worsened, we recommend that you make an appointment with your vision specialist before visiting the DHS&MV.

The Florida DHS&MV's vision standard is 20/50. If worse in one or either eye, you will be referred to a licensed vision specialist to see if it can be improved. If one eye is blind, the other must have 20/40. The accepted minimum field of vision is 130 degrees. Please note the following if you are referred to a vision specialist:

  • If you failed to meet the minimum vision required, a Mature Vision Examination Form needs to be completed by a vision specialist.
  • The vision specialist (a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist) will perform a full vision examination and assess whether your eyesight permits you to drive safely. Bring the Report of Eye Examination, completed by the vision specialist, back to your local DHS&MV office. Alternately, DHS&MV allows the vision specialist to submit vision results online, after which you can get the license renewed online, by phone or in person.
  • The vision specialist may prescribe eyeglasses or another type of vision correction. Since the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will need to retest your vision, make sure to carry out the vision specialist's recommendations before returning to the DHS&MV. For any vision-related queries, contact customer service at (850) 617-2000 or email to: vision@DHS&

When you return to the DHS&MV for another vision test, your vision test report will be reviewed. If you pass the subsequent DHS&MV vision test, your driver license renewal will be granted (with a corrective lens restriction, if necessary).


A DHS&MV reexamination may be given when a person's driving skills must be reevaluated based on one or more factors, including the driver's physical or mental condition, or driving record. A DHS&MV reexamination may be recommended by a family member, physical or emergency medical technician, or peace officer via this medical reporting form. Other times, information in your license renewal application or on your driving record may prompt a reexamination.
The reexamination involves the immediate evaluation of an individual by a DHS&MV authorized officer. It consists of an interview, and may also involve a vision test, a written test, and/or a driving test. To prepare for the test, many older drivers choose to enroll in a driver's education program or driving school for seniors to brush up their skills. Following the reexamination, the hearing officer will decide whether any action should be taken regarding your driving privilege, such as restrictions, probation, suspension or revocation.


Sometimes, a physical or mental condition can impair a driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The most common of these conditions is poor vision, but others which may be age-related include cognitive skills like memory, coordination and flexibility.
In some circumstances, older drivers may have a restriction placed on their driver license. The types of restrictions vary, and are based on the results of your vision test, driving test, and the driving examiner's assessment. A restricted driver license is intended to ensure that you are driving within your abilities. Some of the most common license restrictions are those that:

  • Require eyeglasses, corrective contact lenses, or bioptic telescopic lens to be worn at certain times.
  • Permit driving from sunrise to sunset only, or prohibit driving during rush hour.
  • Restrict the geographical area in which a person is permitted to drive, or prohibit freeway driving.
  • Require special mechanical devices, or an additional side mirror on the vehicle.
  • Require extra support in order to ensure a safe and correct driving position.
  • Drivers with a seizure during the last 24 months need to submit a medical form and should have been seizure-free for at least 6 months before resuming driving.
  • Drivers with medical conditions that may need attention can have it indicated on their licenses.


Submitted by scar08 on 8th Dec 2016

The lack of testing is

The lack of testing is absurd! My father is 65 and hasn't had his eyes checked in at least a decade, maybe two! The few times I ride in a car with him I am constantly pointing things ( people walking on the road ) to him so he won't hit them. I mentioned it to him but I cannot force him to get his eyes checked and the ones who could, the Florida DMV could give two sh^ts about doing their job properly. It only makes me worry thinking about all the visually impaired people driving in Florida!

Submitted by TRWilson on 12th Nov 2015

I'm stunned that FL DMV

I'm stunned that FL DMV doesn't move faster to review and possibly revoke drivers licenses when driver is clearly medically unsafe to drive. I've BEGGED my father and his wife not to drive but they're hardheaded with evolving dementia and refuse to surrender their licenses. They've plowed into mailboxes, dented other cars, and forget where they've parked. I've reported them a few months ago but they still drive. A few days ago they drove to maryland even though I offered to fly down and drive them up. I don't know what else to do because the legal system has tied my hands. Shame on the DMV and state legislature for their failure to expand and fund a better system for protecting its citizens!!!!!!!! My father and his alzheimer afflicted wife continue to drive a missile that will kill an innocent person or family. The blood is on the hands of the DMV and state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by KathyG on 18th Sep 2015

There are people in the

There are people in the community where I live that should not be driving. They can't see, can hardly walk (how do they work the brake and gas correctly)? They have ran into the mail box repeatedly and are actually a menace on the roads. If they kill someone who is to blame - them or the state for giving them a license?? Florida needs to be more proactive when it comes to the elderly. I know the car means independence, but at what expense??

Submitted by xaviervp on 9th Dec 2014

I have a 93 and 96 year old

I have a 93 and 96 year old parent neither should drive they both walked into DMV and renewed their license, their reflexes are very slow like asking one foot permission to move the other.

I would love if Florida required all citizens above 80 or 85 to renew yearly and not by mail or internet but physically at DMV and make them take a driving test anyone can pass written but I bet few would pass driving.

Why not do parallel parking or having to backup a bit or driving in the rain.

Please Florida more and more elderly folks are having accidents thak could be avoided.

My mother waked in at 94 to renew had to make 3 trips one she forgot her Dr vision form (I bet many Dr's fill it out when they shouldn't) second time she forgot her purse and finally the 3rd time she had all she needed and walked out with a 6 year license I could not believe she got it.

Submitted by nancys (not verified) on 17th Jul 2013

I have the opposite problem

I have the opposite problem with my 85 year old mom. She was reported to the police one day as "wandering"--she was looking for her car after a visit to the library. Since that time, she has been required to get a physical exam, vision exam, go to a psychiatrist, and retake the written and driving test. (she passed on all counts). Now it's starting again--she received a notice that she has 30 days to take the test again. She would be perfectly happy to receive a restricted license, but she's very upset about all this. My brother and I feel she is safe to drive.

Submitted by vetrep2 (not verified) on 18th Jul 2012

I am very concerned with my

I am very concerned with my 87 year old mother driving in Florida with her dementia. I keep begging her to quit driving as she is dangerous to the highways. It falls on deaf years. PLEASE do what you can as I do not want her to hurt someone or herself

Submitted by BTWREHAB (not verified) on 7th Jul 2013

There is help! There are

There is help! There are driver rehabilitation programs available that provide clinical and behind the wheel testing for older drivers. If the tests reveal significant impairments it will be recommended that the person "retire" from driving. I hope this helps.

Submitted by Concerned Son (not verified) on 9th Jan 2013

I completely understand your

I completely understand your dilemma I am going through the same issue with my Mother, we obtained a medical reporting form from DMV

she must see her Doctor in order to maintain her License

Submitted by BTWREHAB (not verified) on 7th Jul 2013

Hello Concerned Son, I hope

Hello Concerned Son,

I hope all is well with situation of your mother driving. If needed, there is the option of a driver evaluation to determine your mother's driving skills. I understand that many older drivers DO NOT want to talk about this sensitive topic but it is the only way to plan and be proactive for the time when driving is no longer recommended. A good thing about driving evaluations is that if the therapist administering the assessment has determined the driver is not safe, they will be able to provide information about other transportation options to still allow the person to be active in their community.