What DMV testing is most valuable for senior drivers?: Roadshow

Q: Wouldn’t it make more sense for the DMV to give me a behind-the-wheel driving test instead of testing me about axles, which have nothing to do with my driving ability? Wouldn’t it be better if all seniors, starting at maybe 75 years old, were tested on driving skills?

Marlene Burak, Los Gatos

A: The DMV has no plans to require driving tests for all drivers, no matter what their age. Anyone concerned that a driver may be unsafe can submit a DMV Request for Driver Reexamination (DS699)

Q: I am over 70 and made an appointment at the DMV’s Los Gatos office for the written test and vision test. But as a “certified” Luddite, I can’t figure out how to download the paper application that I must take with me.

Lionel Allan

A: The DMV encourages customers to create a MyDMV account and complete their driver’s license application on the website before visiting a field office. They offer alternatives, such as a paper driver’s license application that can be filled out at a field office. It cannot be downloaded and printed from the DMV’s website. Customers can also complete the application electronically at a field office if they do not create an online account.

Q: You can complete the application, take the test and pay the renewal fee online, reducing time in line at the DMV. Drivers ages 70+ still have to go in for eye exam and photo. I wasn’t able to secure the appointment online, so I called 800-777-0133 for the appointment. If the call center is busy, you can get a call back, usually in about an hour.

Gwynne Willison

A: Valuable advice, thanks. I received so many responses on this topic that we’re sharing more today. I’m sure we’ll share more in the future.

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