The myriad rules and regulations enforced by the Minnesota Driver & Vehicle Services (DVS) apply to drivers of all ages and stages—and the state claims to impose no special requirements on drivers based solely on age.
In the interest of keeping drivers and roadways safe, however, DVS accepts requests from those who have personal knowledge that an individual may be an "at risk" driver.
No special rules apply to drivers based on age.
Time limits: Drivers of all ages must renew every four years at a local Driver Service office.
Vision test: Required at renewal. DVS personnel will conduct a test free. If the DVS requires it, the driver must have an additional eye test performed by a licensed vision examiner, who must complete a Vision Report after conducting the exam.
Written test: Not required at renewal.
Road test: Required only if the DVS receives indications of driver impairment.
The Minnesota DVS will accept information from a driver's family member, friend, or acquaintance concerned that a driver may be "at risk" and needs to be re-evaluated. Requests from relatives are kept confidential.
All requests must be in writing and include:
Completed requests should be mailed to:
Driver and Vehicle Services
Attn: Medical Unit
445 Minnesota Street; Suite 170
St. Paul, MN 55101
In addition, police officers may initiate a re-evaluation of a driver by completing a Request for Examination of Driver.
For information on how to get back a license that has been suspended or revoked in Minnesota, contact one of the DVS offices located throughout the state.
Disability parking placards and license plates can be issued to drivers with impaired mobility if a licensed medical practitioner certifies the condition.
The placards and plates are also available for those who:
To obtain disability license plates:
To obtain a disability parking certificate:
The DVS website contains a wealth of information for Minnesota drivers. Of special interest is the "Minnesota Driver's Manual," which provides a summary of state laws, rules, and techniques to follow to drive safely and legally in Minnesota.
You can use Nolo's Lawyer Directory to find a local lawyer experienced in representing older people who need help with auto accidents or traffic tickets in Minnesota.