Florida DMV can revoke a senior’s driving license but only if they have reason to believe it is unsafe for the individual to be out on the road. There are several common reasons Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may revoke a senior’s license to drive, such as:
- A report from someone who is concerned about your ability to drive (this report is followed up with tests, interviews, etc., to validate it.)
- Inability to pass a driving or written test presented by the DMV when trying to renew your license
- Medical conditions that interfere with one’s ability to safely navigate roadways.
In some cases, your license is not revoked, but instead certain restrictions are put into place, such as not driving at night.
What if someone reports your driving to Florida’s DHSMV?
According to Florida law, anyone can report a driver as potentially unfit to maintain a driver’s license. If you see unsafe driving practices out on the roadway or are concerned about a loved one’s ability to drive, you are encouraged to file a report with the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Reports are completed via a Medical Reporting Form and must include the driver’s name, address, and telephone number.
Reporters may include doctors, loved ones, agencies, a concerned neighbor, or maybe even a complete stranger. The reporter’s information is considered confidential and no legal actions can be taken against an individual for submitting a report.
Just because someone files a report does not mean your license will be taken away for sure. The proper authorities will first conduct an unsafe driver investigation to ensure the claims are accurate. Investigations may include interviews of the family, neighbors, doctors, or anyone else. In addition, drivers may be required to undergo written or road retests, as well as medical tests.
What if I fail a test presented by the DMV as part of the license renewal process?
Drivers 79 and younger must renew their driver’s license once every eight years. Drivers 80 and older must renew their license once every six years. Within one year of a renewal request, you are required to take a vision test, free of charge at the DMV. You can also have your medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or optometrist conduct the vision exam, as long as they are licensed in the state of Florida. Your doctor will need to fill out a Mature Driver Vision Test.
Failing the vision test may simply require certain actions on your behalf to maintain your license, such as getting a new prescription for glasses. After taking these steps, you’ll need to retake the vision test and pass it. This may solve the issue, so you can renew your license. Although, there’s the chance that it may also result in driver license restrictions, such as not driving at night.
How to Try & Get Your License Back
If you feel that your license was taken away unfairly, there are several steps you can take. First, you’ll need to get in touch with your local:
- Driver License Office
- DHSMV’s Customer Service Center
- Bureau of Administrative Reviews Office
Get more information via the DHSMV website
The Importance of Roadway Safety
There are over 300 fatal accidents each year involving drivers over 65 years old. That’s why it’s so important to report unsafe driving, as it helps keep everyone on the road safe.
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