Most of the myriad rules and regulations enforced by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (DOT) apply to drivers of all ages and stages—and the state claims it imposes no special rules on drivers based on age alone.
Still, some of the legal controls discussed here, such as possible restrictions on a driver's license and procedures for securing disability parking plates and placards, may be especially relevant for older drivers.
Time limits: All drivers must renew in person every ten years. License renewal is good for five years, and drivers may renew by mail once every ten years by completing a Driver's License Application and submitting it to the address on the form.
Vision test: Required at renewal if the driver has vision limitations. DOT personnel will conduct a test free, but if more information is required, drivers must have an exam performed by an outside ophthalmologist or optometrist, who must complete a Driver Vision Evaluation form and conduct the exam within three months of the renewal request.
Written test: Generally required only if there are indications of driver impairment.
Road test: Generally required only if there are indications of driver impairment.
The DOT can place restrictions or conditions on a person's license to ensure safety on the roads. The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses while driving.
In Wyoming, other common requirements the DOT may impose on older drivers include:
The Wyoming DOT will accept information from law enforcement, medical and vision specialists, therapists, the courts, and family members who are concerned that an individual may no longer be safe behind the wheel. The information will not be kept confidential from the driver.
Once the DOT receives this information, the driver will generally be required to submit medical and visual evaluations and be given written and driving skills tests.
For information on how to get back a license that has been suspended or revoked in Wyoming, contact one of the DOT Driver 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 DOT website contains basic information for Wyoming drivers, including licensing and vehicle registration requirements.
Of special interest is the downloadable manual, "Rules of the Road," which includes information on licensing drivers, titling vehicles, as well as local traffic and safety rules.
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