Renew my driver's licence (seniors 85+)

In Western Australia, once you reach the age of 80 you need to undergo an annual medical assessment before you can renew your driver's licence. Find out more about senior licence renewals for 85+ year old drivers.

  Practical Driving Assessments for drivers aged 85 years and older

Drivers aged 85 years and older are no longer required to undertake a mandatory Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) prior to the renewal of their car (C class) driver's licence, unless recommended to do so by a health professional.

This change is based on research into driver behaviour which indicated that older drivers did not pose an unacceptable risk.

If you receive a letter from DoT requesting you to undertake a PDA, then it is 'business as usual' and you will need to complete your medical assessment and make arrangements for a PDA. A driver's licence cannot be renewed before 16 December 2013 without successful completion of a PDA.

For more information on the change, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and media statement.

External Link 21/11/2013: Driving tests for older drivers to be abolished
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  Seniors, what you need to do to renew your licence (overview)

The table below provides an overview of what you will need to do if you are 80-84 or over 85 years of age, and wish to renew your Western Australian driver's licence.

Steps to completing the form, medical examination and if required, the driving test, are provided below the table.

80-84 and over 85 licence renewals - what you need to do

Age What you need to do
80 - 84, every year
  • Complete a Medical assessment certificate - senior driver's licence renewal declaration (Form M108A).
  • Undertake a medical examination with your Health Professional (to assess your fitness to drive).
  • Health Professionals concerned about a seniors medical fitness to drive may still recommend a person take a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA).
85 and every year after
  • Complete a Medical assessment certificate - senior driver's licence renewal declaration (Form M108A).
  • Undertake a medical examination with your Health Professional (to assess your fitness to drive).
  • Complete an annual Practical Driving Assessment (PDA), if recommended by your health professional.
  • If your licence allows you to drive vehicles such as motorcycles, Light Rigid (LR class) heavy vehicle licences or above, you will need to complete a PDA in a vehicle of the highest class you wish to continue driving before you are able to renew your licence.
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  Alternatives to driving

We genuinely understand that there may be a significant impact for persons who are no longer able to drive we have attached some information that you may find useful. Further information may be found on the Road Safety Commission website.

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  Step 1: Complete the senior driver's licence renewal declaration (Form M108A)

You will need to complete the driving history, medical questions and sign the consent to release information at the bottom of the front page of the form.

More detailed information to assist you to prepare for your medical assessment is provided on the Medical Assessment Instructions (M106A) form.

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  Step 2: Make an appointment with your health professional

Make an appointment with your regular health professional.

  Step 3: Things to bring with you to your health professional (seniors aged 85+)

Take the form and any aids you have with you to your appointment (e.g. hearing aids, spectacles).

  Step 4: Talk to your health professional (seniors aged 85+)

Your health professional will complete the rest of the form and submit it to us by mail or scanned email.

There is no mandatory requirement for drivers aged 85 years and over who hold a car (C class) licence to complete an annual Practical Driving Assessment (PDA), unless one is recommended by a health professional.

Drivers aged 85 years and over who want to continue riding motorcycles or driving vehicles of a light rigid (LR class) or above, will need to complete a PDA in a vehicle of the highest class they wish to continue driving before they are able to renew their licence.

Street address Postal address Fax Fax outside Australia Email
Occupational Health Physician
C/o Department of Transport
GPO Box R1290
Perth WA 6844
Email

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  Step 5: Prepare for your Practical Driving Assessment (if required)

You may wish to read the publication 'How to pass your driving assessment: senior's edition' to familiarise yourself with how the assessment works and what you will be assessed on.

  • The Drive Safe handbook is a useful publication as it provides information on Western Australia's road rules.
  • The Ride Safe handbook is another useful reference guide for the motorcycle community.
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  Step 6: Book a PDA with the DoT (if required)

Book a Practical Driving Assessment with the Department of Transport (if required).

22/08/2016: Online web services, such as DoTDirect online account, pay online and PlatesWA, will be temporarily offline due to scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will occur between 6:00 pm on Friday 26th August and 6:00 pm on Sunday 28th August. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Book a Practical Driving Assessment (online)

PDA bookings may also be made:

Bookings are free of charge for senior licence renewals (Drivers aged 85 years and older).

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  Step 7: Undertake the Practical Driving Assessment (if required)

This simple checklist will ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of your assessment:

  1. Provide a roadworthy and licensed vehicle of the correct class for your assessment. The vehicle used for the assessment must have a working centrally mounted handbrake that is easily accessible to the passenger. This requirement does not apply if the vehicle is a driving school vehicle and has 'dual controls'. More information on standard assessment vehicles is provided in the fact sheet below.
  2. Present one form of primary identification (examples of acceptable documents are provided in the fact sheet below). If you have been issued with a learner's permit, you will need to present this also.
  3. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
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  What the Department will do next (seniors aged 85+)

We will review your PDA results along with your health professional's recommendations and consider other factors such as your previous driving history, demerit points incurred and your previous medical information.

  Conclusion and outcomes

If the Department is satisfied that you meet the standards for safe driving a new licence card or licence renewal will be posted to you.

If you are assessed as not meeting the standards for safe driving the Department may require you to provide further information or the renewal of your driver's licence may be refused.

You will be notified in writing of the outcome and provided with information about your rights of appeal.

  Important notes regarding your driving assessment

  • You must give more than two (2) working days notice if you cannot attend your driving assessment or wish to reschedule. Please contact 13 11 56 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
  • If you are late for your assessment you will not be assessed and you will need to make another appointment.

  Driver and Vehicle enquiries (online)

This form is designed for Driver and Vehicle (licensing) enquiries only.

Please note we will not respond to any feedback which contains sexist, racist or any other anti-social or inappropriate comments.

  Your privacy and confidentiality

Please be assured that all information given to us regarding medical conditions is kept private and confidential.

 

Page last updated: Mon Aug 22 2016 12:42:00 PM