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Laws for older drivers

There are no laws stating how old is too old to drive in Wisconsin. It depends on the ability to drive. Wisconsin also does not have a standard procedure for re-testing older drivers.

Some states have laws that require doctors to report serious medical conditions afflicting seniors to motor vehicle authorities. Officials could then order new driving tests or revoke licenses.

But taking away licenses isn't a cure-all. Seniors are more likely to be killed as pedestrians than as drivers or occupants in cars.

Thirteen states require seniors to renew their licenses more frequently. Illinois, for example, requires drivers 86 and older to renew licenses annually.

Opponents say such laws amount to age discrimination. Indeed, some seniors drive into their 90s without any problems.

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Last modified: November 3, 2014

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