Older Driver Licensing System

Understanding the Older Driver Licensing System


The older driver licensing system is designed to balance the safety of road users and the general community, with the continuing independence and mobility of older drivers. What you need to do depends on how old you are. 


70-74 years old
There are no special requirements if you're between 70 and 74 years old, unless you hold a multi-combination (class MC) licence. If you hold an MC licence, you'll need to pass a practical driving test every year to keep your MC licence, once you turn 70.


75-79 years old

When you reach 75 years old, you'll need to have a medical review every year to keep your licence, regardless of the class of licence you hold. See Are you fit to drive? for more information.


80-84 years old

If you're between 80 and 84 years old, and hold a car (class C) or rider (class R) unrestricted licence, you don't need to take a practical driving assessment, although you do need to have a medical review every year, to keep your licence.


If you hold a heavy vehicle licence (classes LR, MR, HR or HC), you need to have a medical review and a practical driving assessment every year. See Are you fit to drive? for more information.


You must pass all the reviews and assessments before your birthday. If you're unable to meet this requirement, contact Roads and Maritime Services for advice.


85 and older
When you reach 85 years old, you'll need to have a medical review every year, to keep your licence. See Are you fit to drive? for more information.
You also have the choice of taking out a modified licence, or keeping your unrestricted licence. If you wish to keep your unrestricted licence, you'll need to successfully pass a practical driving assessment, every second year.