Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has noted that five states have amended their license renewal cycles for older drivers in 2008.

Under U.S. law, license renewal procedures for older drivers can include shorter renewal intervals for drivers over a specific age, a requirement that they renew their licenses in person in areas where remote renewal is permitted, and tests that are not routinely required of younger drivers.

The IIHS reported the following changes:

– Virginia increased the renewal cycle for all drivers from 5 to 8 years

– Rhode Island increased the age at which the 2-year accelerated renewal begins from age 70 to age 75

– Colorado allows drivers of all ages to renew by mail, provided the previous renewal was in person, and increased the age at which drivers can renew their licenses electronically from 61 years to 66 years of age

– Florida increased the renewal cycle for all drivers from 6 to 8 years, and created an accelerated renewal cycle of 6 years for drivers 80 and older

– Hawaii increased the renewal cycle for all drivers from 6 to 8 years

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