State Driving Laws in California


Specific rules for older drivers

  • Must renew in person and pass a vision test starting at age 70.
  • May be required to take a supplemental driving test if vision exam is failed.

Standard driver's license renewal

  • License renewed: Every 5 years.
  • Renewal conditions: In person, but qualified drivers (that is, drivers under 70 who are not on driving probation or suspension) can renew by mail or Internet for no more than 2 license terms in a row.
  • Vision test: Yes, at in-person renewal.
  • Written test: Yes, at in-person renewal.
  • Road test: Only if there are indications of driver impairment, based on a report by a law enforcement officer, a physician, or a family member.

For more information

California Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 942890
Sacramento, CA 94290-0001

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