Older Drivers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Beginning this Friday, Florida drivers aged 80 and over will have to take an eye test to renew their drivers license.

So far, there is NO rush by seniors to beat the new law. But more than a half million Florida motorists 80 or older who will be required to take and pass vision tests each time they renew their licenses.

Currently, drivers - no matter their age - can go as long as 18 years without a vision test by renewing their licenses through the mail. Licenses are renewed every six years for those considered "safe drivers," meaning that they've avoided convictions for traffic infractions and crashes. All others face renewals every four years.

State records show that more than half of all license applicants go to driver's license offices for renewals, and thus automatically undergo eye exams. But officials say renewal by mail, telephone and Internet is growing popular, partly by people seeking to avoid the eye test.

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