Changes to older driver licensing

To better balance the safety of all road users with the independence and mobility of older drivers, changes to the licensing system are in effect from 1 December 2008.

The main changes are outlined below.

Note: For information on renewing your licence as an older driver  click here .

If you’re an older driver, the main changes that will affect you are:

  • Annual medical check-ups now start from the age of 75, instead of 80. Eight weeks before your birthday each year, you’ll receive a medical report form for your doctor to complete, which you’ll need to return to any NSW motor registry. If you will be unavailable to undertake your medical check-up at this time (for example, if you will be interstate or overseas on holidays) you can choose to undertake the check-up and submit your medical form up to six months before your birthday. In this case, you will need to obtain the medical report form (Form 1008) from any NSW motor registry or by phoning 132 213 so you can take it to your doctor to complete. The form can then be submitted to any motor registry.
  • Practical driving assessments for drivers from the age of 85 will now be every two years (age 85, 87, 89 etc) instead of every year.
  • Drivers now have the option of taking a driving assessment from home. Assessments can now be conducted in many areas of NSW by driving instructors accredited by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), on a ‘fee for service’ basis. This gives you the option to take an assessment from your home rather than from a NSW motor registry. However, you still have the option of taking the driving assessment from RMS at no charge.
  • Drivers have the option of a modified licence and will not be required to take an assessment. If you’re still a competent driver but no longer feel comfortable driving in certain situations (for example, driving over long distances), talk to your local NSW motor registry. The manager may issue you with a modified licence based on your individual driving needs. A practical assessment is not required for a modified licence.

Nearly 85? Look out for your copy of ‘A guide to older driver licensing’

This guide contains more detailed information on the new licensing system, including what to expect when you’re tested.

You can expect to receive your first copy in the mail just prior to your 85th birthday. Alternatively, you can download a copy from the box at the bottom of this page or pick one up at your local NSW motor registry.

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