Drivers age 70 and over at the time the driver license expires must
appear in person to renew his/ her driver license. A written test
and vision test are required. DMV sends a renewal notice to your
address of record about 60 days before your license expires. If
you do not receive a renewal notice, go online at www.dmv.ca.gov
to make an appointment or call (800) 777-0133. However, if you
have been determined by DMV for reexamination (Driving test),
you are required to have a special instruction permit before you
allow to take a driving lesson. For more information about a
special instruction permit, you may contact: Driver Safety Office,
4700 Broadway, 2nd Floor, CA 95820 or call (916) 227-2970.
The number one restriction for senior driver is vision-related and usually requires the driver to
wear glasses or corrective contact lenses. Other common restrictions include, but are not limited to:
Any restriction placed on your driver license is based on a driving examiner that looks at the results
of your driving and vision tests and considers your individual circumstances. DMV may impose
restrictions or conditions on a person's driver license when it is necessary to ensure that the
person is driving within his/ her ability. However, a restriction is added because of volunteered
information about a physical or mental disability. Often, a person with a physical or mental
condition is referred to DMV by a family member, a physician, or by a law enforcement.
Restricted Driver License
DMV uses two tests to measure visual acuity (keenness of vision). The most common test is a wall
chart. Your eyes are tested together and then individually by reading five characters in different
lines. If you are unable to read the wall chart, you will be asked to look into a vision testing machine
for specific objects. The testing machine also measures the acuity of your eyes individually and
together. If you do not meet DMV's vision standard (20/40), a DMV representative will give you a
Report of Vision Examination (DL 62) form to take with you to a vision specialist (licensed
optometrist or ophthalmologist). If your vision is not worse than 20/70, you will be issued a 30-day
temporary driver license to allow you time to have your vision checked. If you are still unable to
meet DMV's vision standards, you will be scheduled for a driving test to determine if you can
Your application fee allows only three chances to pass the written test. The driver license renewal
test consists of 18 multiple choice questions. The passing grade is three errors or less. Every
question on the test is taken from the handbook. Take your time and read each question carefully.
There is only one correct answer. The other two will be either obviously wrong or close to being
correct; however, not the most accurate.
When DMV asks you to take a driving test, it is to determine whether you:
During the driving test, the examiner will note any driving skill deficiencies or behaviors that need
improvement, but would not disqualify you from keeping your driver license. The examiner will
discuss these issues with you after your driving test. You may want to practice your driving skills by
taking a Mature Driver Improvement driver education and training class. If your driver license is
suspended or revoked and you want to get your license back, contact your local Driver Safety
office to inquire about a special instruction permit.
Camellok Driving School helps many senior drivers to continue to
assessing, or improving your driving skills. Don't forget to ask
about renting our cars for your driving test. Our instructors can
help you pass a driving test easier.
- Have the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
- Have formed or retained proper safe-driving habits.
- Can apply traffic laws to everyday driving.
- Can compensate for driving ability, such as poor vision, loss of a limb, or the early stages of
- No freeway driving.
- Driving from sunrise to sunset (no night driving).
- Time of day restriction (for example, not during rush hour traffic).
- Area restriction (for example, to your physician, church, grocery store).
- Requiring a person to place special mechanical devices on his/ her vehicle, such as, driving
a vehicle with an additional right side mirror.
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