License Renewal Process for Senior Drivers: Vision Test

In Georgia, if a driver’s license expires and the individual is at least 64 years old, the driver must renew the license by visiting the nearest DDS office. That’s because all drivers aged 64 and older are required to take a basic vision test. It’s important that if the individual wears eyeglasses, these are brought along to the appointment.

It’s recommended that if the individual’s eyesight has deteriorated or it’s been more than two years since his/her vision has been checked, this is done before going to the DDS. Anyone who doesn’t meet the vision standard will be unable to renew his or her license. Individuals who fail the vision test will be referred to a licensed vision specialist.

At this appointment a determination will be made as to whether or not it’s safe for the individual to drive. Sometimes the vision can be corrected, such as through eyeglasses. The specialist will complete a Vision Report Form, which must be brought back to the DDS.

License Renewal Process for Senior Citizens: Written Test, Medical Exam

Sometimes the individual will be required to take a written test in addition to the vision test. If this happens, an opportunity will be given to go over the Georgia Driver’s Handbook and take some practice tests.

Under certain circumstances an individual could be required to undergo a medical examination. This would be necessary to prove the person is fit and healthy for driving if he or she was previously assessed as having a physical or mental disability.

Examinations must be performed by a licensed physician in Georgia within the past year. The physician is required to complete the State of Georgia DDS Medical Evaluation form.

License Renewal Process for Senior Citizens: Driving Skills Test

Another requirement that may have to be met in order to renew a driver’s license is to undergo a new driving skills test. This may be the case if a driver suffers from a physical or mental condition, or has a poor driving record. The individual will be interviewed by a DDS authorized officer and may also require a vision test or written test in addition to a driving test.

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Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.