Older Drivers

About This Project

Because the effects of ageing can sometimes affect a person’s ability to drive, there are special licence renewal conditions for older drivers.

  • You need to renew your driver licence at ages 75 and 80 and then every two years after that.
  • Before your driver licence expires, the NZTA will send you an Application for Renewal of Driver Licence form. You’ll also receive a brochure that will tell you everything you need to know to get your licence renewed.
  • You will need to book an appointment with your doctor to get a medical certificate for a driver licence. During your appointment, your doctor will discuss your present state of health with you and test your eyesight.
  • They will recommend whether you are:
    • medically fit to drive
    • medically fit to drive with conditions (such as corrective lenses, time-of-day restriction, distance restriction).
    • medically fit to drive but referred for an on-road safety test.
    • to be referred to a specialist (such as an optometrist or occupational therapist driving assessor) for further assessment – your doctor will advise you of the results.
    • not medically fit to drive.

If your doctor decides you are medically fit to drive, he or she will give you a medical certificate for a driver licence. You will then need to renew your licence at a driver licensing agent.

Older Driver Projects


Roadsafe Taranaki is hoping to work with a community group and the AA to deliver Carfit in Taranaki. Watch this space for more information in the near future.

Mobility Scooter

Roadsafe Taranaki is hoping to work with local mobility scooter user groups and the Taranaki Disabilities Centre to deliver courses that help mobility scooter users stay safe when using the networks available to them. Watch this space for more information in the near future.