Some people believe that as we age we are more likely to develop health issues that can impact our ability to drive safely, like vision problems. However, not all seniors have conditions affecting their ability to drive.
For this reason, most provinces require additional medical information and more frequent license renewal requirements from seniors to determine whether they are healthy and able to drive safely.
Every province has different requirements and expectations for seniors and the rules governing driving can frequently change.
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The chart below provides basic information about driver’s license renewal age and frequency requirements by province in 2015:
Depending on the province you live in, you may be asked to:
Ask your provincial motor vehicle office if they offer a fitness to drive handbook, or other handbook for seniors to help you prepare. These guide books will go over the information you need to successfully complete the license renewal process in your province or territory.
If you need to go to the motor vehicle office in person to renew your license remember to bring reading glasses or hearing aids that you may use on a daily basis. As well, ensure you have gathered all the supplementary documentation that you need to submit.
Be prepared to wait and bring along water and a snack in case there are long line ups.
Depending on your health and fitness level you may be able to drive with restrictions. These restrictions often have nothing to do with age.
For example, many Canadians of all ages must wear glasses while driving. Another common driving restriction is being able to drive in the day, but not at night.
Seniors who experience health issues like serious vision problems or cognitive decline may no longer be able to drive. If this is the case for you or a loved one there are a number of options that will help you maintain your independence. Consider looking into:
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