After a hurdle not faced by younger residents was removed, Colorado motorists older than 65 may renew their driver’s licenses online, the Colorado Department of Revenue announced.
This change comes with the implementation of the Driver’s License Electronic Renewal By Seniors Act, which was passed by the state House of Representative in May. The act also applies to state identification cards.
Before this act, state law only allowed electronic license renewals for drivers between 21 and 65 years old. Under the new law, older drivers can renew electronically as long as their license photo does not need to be updated.
The act also changed the requirements for electronic driver’s license renewals, the department said.
Now, drivers aged 21 to 80 years old must attest that they’ve had an eye exam within the past year in order to renew licenses electronically. Previously, eye exams were required within the last three years.
Drivers older than 80 will also have to submit a signed statement from an optometrist or ophthalmologist saying they have had an eye exam within the past six months and the results of the exam.
Because of COVID-19 closures, online renewals temporarily opened to those older than 65 from March 2020 to August 2021. During this time, 136,000 seniors renewed their driver’s licenses or identification cards online, the department said.
People concerned about a senior family member’s ability to drive due to physical or mental issues can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about re-examination requests.