Older Drivers

A GUIDE TO OLDER DRIVER LICENSING

70-74 years old

There are no special requirements if you're between 70 and 74 years old, unless you hold a multi-combination (class MC) licence. If you hold an MC licence, you'll need to pass a practical driving test every year to keep your MC licence, once you turn 70.

75-79 years old

When you reach 75 years old, you'll need to have a medical review every year to keep your licence, regardless of the class of licence you hold.

80-84 years old

If you're between 80 and 84 years old, and hold a car (class C) unrestricted licence, you don't need to take a practical driving assessment, although you do need to have a medical review every year, to keep your licence. If you hold a heavy vehicle licence (classes LR, MR, HR or HC), you need to have a medical review and a practical driving assessment every year. You must pass all the reviews and assessments before your birthday. If you're unable to meet this requirement, contact Roads and Maritime Services for advice.

85 and older

When you reach 85 years old, you'll need to have a medical review every year, to keep your licence. You also have the choice of taking out a modified licence, or keeping your unrestricted licence. If you wish to keep your unrestricted licence, you'll need to successfully pass a practical driving assessment, every second year.

Modified licence

A modified licence lets you keep driving under certain circumstances. These circumstances are added to your licence as conditions, which are printed on the back of the card. You must comply with the conditions on your licence when driving. If you choose a modified licence, you do not need to attempt a practical driving assessment. For example, you may choose to drive only within a certain distance of your home, or only at certain times of the day. You should discuss your options with your doctor, who can help you work out ways to keep you safe on the road. Once you're ready to apply for a modified licence, visit a registry or service centre. The manager will discuss your individual needs with you, and work out the conditions that provide for your driving requirements.

Unrestricted licence - practical driving assessment

If you want to keep your unrestricted licence, you'll need to pass a practical driving assessment every second year (at 85 years old, 87, 89, and so on). You can do a driving test with a Roads and Maritime testing officer, or you can choose to be assessed by an Older Driver Assessor. Older Driver Assessors are driving instructors accredited by Roads and Maritime, and charge a fee to conduct an assessment in your local area. Please call 13 22 13 or visit any registry or service centre to discuss your particular situation.

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