Driver License Renewal Policies and Fatal Crash Involvement Rates of Older Drivers

Many states attempt to protect older drivers and the people with whom they share the road by enacting various license renewal policies and laws. Examples can include requiring in-person renewals, mandating that physicians report patients that they suspect may not be able to drive safely given medical diagnoses, or administering certain exams or tests at the time of renewal. Still, relatively little information exists about the effectiveness of such policies at reducing crash rates.

In this report, the AAA Foundation has analyzed 27 years of data from each of 46 states in order to study this issue. Among the clearest findings: requiring in-person renewals reduces fatal crash involvement rates by a statistically significant 9% for drivers ages 55 and older.