No, the DMV does not impose a maximum driving age in California; however, elderly drivers are monitored much more closely.
Regardless of age, the DMV keeps track of a person’s
• Physical health
• Mental health
• Inability to follow the rules of the road
Once a person reaches 70, they can no longer renew their license online or by mail and have to renew in person. Depending on the outcome of the interview, the DMV may issue a restricted license that places limitations on their driving privileges.
For example the DMV may limit:
• When and where a person can drive
• The time of day they can be on the road
• That they wear corrective lenses
• Driving on the freeway
• Or mandate that the driver place special mechanical devices or equipment in their vehicle
Some of these restrictions may be at the discretion of the driver, whereas others may be required by state law.
Be Aware of the Warning Signs
The concern of senior driving is increasing as the population ages. In California, there are 8,000 – 10,000 individuals who turn 65 each day. It is estimated that by 2030, 1 in 5 drivers will be a senior citizen. It is becoming increasingly important for these drivers and their families to be aware of any noticeable changes in their driving abilities and address them accordingly.
Discuss alternate forms of transportation such as:
• Paratransit services
• Volunteer driving programs
• Public transportation
• Family members making themselves available to drive
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