Montana Driving Laws for Seniors and Older Drivers

Learn about driving provisions and special programs focused on keeping both Montana's older drivers and roadways safe.

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.

Specifically, Missouri:

  • requires drivers age 75 and older to renew their licenses every four years, and
  • accepts requests from family members and others for the DOR to conduct unsafe driver investigations.

License Renewal Rules for Older Drivers

Special rules apply to drivers who are 75 and older who seek to renew their licenses.

Time limits:  Drivers age 75 and older must renew in person every four years; those ages 21 to 75 must renew every eight years.

Vision  test:  Required at renewal. DOR 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 at renewal.

Road sign test:  Required at renewal.

Road  test:  Required only if the DOR receives indications of possible driver impairment.

Possible License Restrictions

The MVD can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver 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:

  • no freeway driving
  • an additional right side mirror on a vehicle
  • no nighttime driving
  • time of day restrictions—for example, no driving during rush hour traffic
  • supports to ensure a proper driving position
  • geographic area restrictions, and
  • wearing bioptic telescopic lens when driving.

How to Request an Unsafe Driver Investigation in Montana

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.

How to Get a License Reinstated

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.

How to Get Parking Placards or License Plates for a Disabled Driver

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:

  • cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
  • are severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition
  • cannot ambulate or walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistive device
  • use portable oxygen
  • have severe lung disease
  • have severe cardiovascular disease or a severe cardiac condition
  • have an acute sensitivity to automobile emissions, or
  • have another disease or physical condition that limits or impairs mobility.

To obtain a disabled placard or plate:

  • Have a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, chiropractor or advanced practice registered nurse complete the Medical Certification part of the form.
  • Mail the original application to the address on the form.

Learn More About Montana Driving Rules for Seniors

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.

Where to Find a Lawyer for Help

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 Montana.

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