More Than Half of U.S. States Have No Restrictions, Other States’ Age Laws Not Consistent

Orinda, CA March 11, 2011

Older driver licensing laws are a moving target from state to state, and that’s why Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys), a catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm in the San Francisco Bay area, is urging adults to regularly consult their state’s driving laws regarding license renewals.

GJEL Accident Attorneys has developed a chart of older adult license renewal requirements showing the 24 states that have restrictions which may include a variety of provisions such as vision testing, in-person renewal, road tests, or accelerated renewal periods. This chart is available on the firm’s news center.

“It’s important for older drivers and their families to be aware of driver’s license limitations for their safety and the safety of other motorists,” said Andy Gillin, managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys. “More than half of the states in the U.S. have no licensing requirements for older drivers. Many families grapple with this subject, and without state laws to guide the discussion, enforcement is the primary issue.”

Interesting data points from the chart show age-based licensing restrictions starting as early as 40-years-old in Maine and Maryland. More typical are restrictions beginning at around age 63. And while many states require vision tests or in-person renewals for seniors, New Hampshire and Illinois are the only states that require road tests for adults 75 years or older.

The first Baby Boomers are nearing 65-years-old; as a result there’s an expected addition to the nation’s roadways of nearly 40 million motorists over the age of 65. To address this issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a five-year strategic plan that could result in major changes to state policies and require the remaining 26 states with no requirements to get on board the program. Among the plan’s provisions are recommendations for licensing restrictions and revamping older driver safety programs.

About GJEL Accident Attorneys
Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys) is a San Francisco Bay Area personal injury law firm established in 1972. The firm representing plaintiffs injured in California auto accidents and wrongful death cases, and was recently named one of the best law firms in America by Best Lawyers / U. S. News & World Report.