The ability to drive is one of the defining characteristics of independence. As we age, there are several things to take heed of as our health changes and our needs to adapt to a new way of life increase. 

Here are some points seniors need to consider when they seek to renew their driver’s license in California. 

Seniors 70 and over

Seniors 70 and over must renew their driver’s license at a DMV office. However, this process can be started online. 

Testing requirements such as a written or vision test will be printed on the renewal notice. 

Will my license be taken away once I reach a certain age? 

No, the California DMV does not take away your driver’s license once you reach a certain age. At any age, the most important factors to consider when driving are the physical and mental ability to follow traffic laws and rules. 

Regardless, seniors may be subject to vision, written and behind-the-wheel tests. Visit the official California DMV website to learn more about tests you or your loved ones may have to take in order to get a driver’s license renewed. 

What if I take medications? 

At any rate, it is important to consult with your doctor before getting behind the wheel after taking medication. 

Some medications, or combinations of medications can cause side effects such as: 

  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slower reaction time
  • Loss of coordination/balance
  • Nausea
  • Inability to focus or pay attention.

Any of the conditions listed above can be dangerous while driving. 

If your senior loved one can no longer drive, our caregivers are more than happy to provide transportation services – including shopping, traveling to/from doctor’s appointments and other various errands!

More information can be found at the official California DMV website

Contact us with any questions you may have. We’d be happy to provide personalized care for you or your loved one.