State Driving Laws in District of Columbia

District of Columbia

Specific rules for older drivers

  • Starting at age 70, a vision test is required to renew a license, and a reaction test may be necessary. A practicing physician must certify that the applicant is physically and mentally competent to drive. 

Standard driver's license renewal

  • License renewed: Every 5 years.
  • Renewal conditions: Those with a clean driving record and no medical specifications or conditions (such as a change in vision, diabetes diagnosis, recent episodes of or treatment for fainting or seizures) can renew by mail or online every other cycle.
  • Vision test: Yes.
  • Written test: If a person, regardless of age, is believed to be incompetent as a licensed driver, and if a license has been expired for more than 180 days, a written test is required. Starting at age 75, drivers may be required to complete a written test.
  • Road test: If a person, regardless of age, is believed to be incompetent as a licensed driver, and if a license has been expired for more than 180 days, a road test is required. Starting at age 75, drivers may be required to complete a road test.

For more information:

District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles
Government of the District of Columbia
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090
202-737-4404, or 311 outside the 202 area
http://dmv.dc.gov/

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