While the myriad rules and regulations enforced by the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) apply to drivers of all ages and stages, the state imposes some special requirements and restrictions on older drivers.
Montana state rules are explained in more detail below, but a number of them focus on identifying and handling older drivers who may have become unsafe.
Special rules apply to drivers who are 75 and older who seek to renew their licenses.
Time limits: Drivers age 21 to 67 must renew every eight years. Between the ages of 68 and 74, the renewal period goes down by a year for every additional year of age. So drivers age 68 renew their license for 7 years, drivers age 69 renew their license for 6 years, and so on. Then at age 75, the renewal period goes back up to 4 years.
Vision test: MVD personnel will conduct a test free, or drivers can have an exam performed by an outside licensed eye specialist, who must complete a Vision Examination Record.
Written test: Required only if the MVD receives indications of possible driver impairment.
Road test: Required only if the MVD receives indications of possible driver impairment.
The MVD can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver's license after administering a driving test and discussing possible restrictions with him or her.
The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses.
In Montana, other common requirements the MVD may impose on older drivers include:
Anyone with personal knowledge of a driver’s capabilities and concerns that he or she may be unsafe behind the wheel may file a Recommendation for Re-Examination with the Montana MVD. The form must include the concerned person’s name and contact information. The information will not be kept confidential; the driver may request a copy of the recommendation. A physician or provider can prepare a Driver Medical Evaluation if a person's health may be a safety concern.
For information on how to get back a license that has been suspended or revoked in Montana, contact one of the MVD offices located throughout the state.
Disabled person 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 available for those who:
To obtain a disabled placard or plate:
The MVD website has a wealth of information about the state’s driving regulations for Montana drivers. Of special interest is the "Montana Driver Manual," which includes safe driving tips for senior drivers.