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Senior Drivers in Maryland

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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 Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration wants older drivers to maintain their driving independence as long as they continue to drive safely and confidently.


Maryland does not place any restriction on age, after which drivers are expected to renew license at more frequent intervals. However, drivers who are 70 years of age or older at the time of applying for a license may be denied a license if:

  • They have not previously had a Maryland license, or
  • If they cannot prove their medical competence with a report from their physician.

Drivers can generally renew their license by mail or in person at a local MVA office. In addition to taking 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 Maryland Drivers Handbook and take practice tests before going for your license renewal. For faster service at the MVA, you can make an appointment by calling (800) 921-1117 or (800) 777-0133.


All drivers in Maryland who renew their license in person or renew by mail will be asked to undergo a basic vision test to ensure they are able to safely operate a motor vehicle. If you are renewing by mail, you are expected to fill out the vision certification form and send it along with the completed form and required fee. If you wear eyeglasses, be sure to bring them with you to the MVA. In addition, if you haven't 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 MVA.
The Maryland MVA's Vision Screening and Requirements expects a visual acuity of 20/40 in each eye and a field vision of 140 degrees. However, if your vision is at least 20/70 in each eye with a minimal visual field of 110 degrees, a restricted license may be issued. The MVA will screen your vision, and if you do not meet the standard you will be issued a Vision Screening Form and referred to a licensed vision specialist. Please note the following if you are referred to 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 Vision Screening Form, completed by the vision specialist, back to your local MVA office.
  • The vision specialist may prescribe eyeglasses or another type of vision correction. Since the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles will need to retest your vision, make sure to carry out the vision specialist's recommendations before returning to the MVA

When you return to the MVA for another vision test, your Vision Screening Form will be reviewed. If you pass the subsequent MVA vision test, your driver license renewal will be granted (with a corrective lens restriction, if necessary).


A medical report can be filled out by a physician if deemed necessary to prove the driver's fitness. The Maryland MVA requires the driver to report certain medical conditions as soon as it is diagnosed either by email, phone, fax, or at any MVA office.
Hearing impaired can call (800) 492-4575 and inform the MVA of their impairment; any suitable modification required for driver testing will be arranged.


A MVA reexamination is 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 MVA reexamination may be recommended by a family member, physical or emergency medical technician, or peace officer. Drivers considered unsafe can be reported to the MVA customer service representative or directly to the Medical Advisory Board at (410) 768-7511. 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 MVA 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 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. If found driving without the restrictions, then the license may be suspended or revoked. 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.

Once you feel you can manage without the restriction, you can fill out MVA Administrative Adjudication Division and get the restriction removed from your license.


Submitted by Marggy (not verified) on 6th Jul 2009

ANNUAL testing for vision,

ANNUAL testing for vision, co-ordination, physical and mental responses, cognitive skills, and traffic laws should be required for anyone over 75. If they can pass all the above, great. If not - their license needs to be revoked for their safety and everyone else's safety.

Submitted by kknaub92 on 8th Nov 2014

My 85 year old grandmother

My 85 year old grandmother only drives herself two places a week and it's less than 5 miles away. They put a new blinking red arrow at her corner and she thought it was blinking and no cars were coming so she went. She was pulled over because it wasn't blinking at the time she turned, she fumbled with trying to get her window down because she's NEVER put down the window for anything. She bought a new car years ago and it still smells new. Before that she had an oldie that needed cranked to bring it down. But anyway, she was given a $200 ticket and has to retest to rep her license. I think that's a little unfair. Plus the police officer was very rude to her. Of course she was a little flustered and upset, she's never been pulled over.

Submitted by Anonymous Daughter (not verified) on 10th Jul 2012

My parents are fairly

My parents are fairly traditional, and dad always drives while Mom is content to be a passenger. Well, Dad has had two major accidents in less than two years. The first one was when he was driving on a curvy, icy road, so I discounted that. (Anyone could have had an accident.) However, with a second accident I began paying more attention, and he's missed stop signs and other traffic signs and signals. Still, Mom remains the passenger. They babysit my sisters' kids sometimes, and they always do it as a couple. I'm concerned.

Submitted by Anonymous on 6th Apr 2011

I agree--and I'm verging on

I agree--and I'm verging on being a senior citizen. Any doctor will tell you that reflexes, vision, and judgment change with advanced age. For the safety of all, senior citizens should be tested annually.

Submitted by Minnie7 on 2nd May 2015

I know plenty of people who

I know plenty of people who have been convicted of DUI or drunk driving and they are STILL DRIVING. Why pick on older people? Plenty of young moms Drive slow in the left lanes of route 4. Let's get them off the road! Plenty of young people text and drive because I have seen them do it. Let's get those offenders off the road! Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on 28th Apr 2011

Dear Coward who refused to

Dear Coward who refused to identify yourself,

Stuff it up your ass......from PISSED OFF BABY BOOMER!

Submitted by jabom007 (not verified) on 7th Jan 2013

It seems that you are a

It seems that you are a coward as well since you only identify yourself as a pissed off baby boomer. Swearing on public sites at anonymous posts is probably the most cowardly thing someone can do. I hope you don't randomly choose sites to lash out at people, if this mirrors your driving (Road Rage) then you should lose your license.