Senior citizen driving

Driving Tests for Senior Citizens

The two demographics that cause the most motor vehicle accidents in the United States are teenagers and senior citizens. Although senior citizens have a lifetime of driving experience, declining motor skills and/or sensory perception may render them unfit for driving a vehicle.

Because of this, Minneapolis requires most senior drivers to take a basic vision test in order to renew their license. The vision standard at Minnesota DDVS (Department of Driver and Vehicle Services) is 20/40 with or without eyewear, and peripheral (side) vision of 105 degrees.

If you do not meet these standards, you may be issued a Visual Acuity report and asked to see a licensed vision specialist, who will perform a more complete vision examination to decide whether or not you are able to drive safely.

In certain cases, senior drivers may have restrictions placed on their driver license, such as:

  • Must wear corrective lenses or glasses
  • Prohibited from driving at night
  • Prohibited from driving during rush hour
  • Prohibited from driving on the freeway
  • Required to have special mechanical devices on the vehicle
  • Required to have extra seat support for a safe driving position


If you have been injured in a Minneapolis car accident, please contact GoldenbergLaw today or cal l(800) 504-0281  to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured accident victims in Minneapolis and throughout the state of Minnesota.


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