Renew my driver's licence (seniors 85+)
In WA, once you reach the age of 85 you may need to undergo an annual Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) 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
There is no mandatory requirement for drivers aged 85 years and over who hold a car (C class) or motorcycle (R-E or R 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 have higher classes such as light rigid (LR class) or above, will need to pass a PDA in a vehicle of that higher class before they can renew their licence, or surrender the higher classes.
You can surrender your higher classes by omitting to select them on the Medical assessment certificate: Senior driver's licence renewal declaration (Form M108A).
For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and media statement.
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|21/11/2013 Media statement: Driving tests for older drivers to be abolished|
Step 1:Complete the Medical assessment certificate: 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 below.
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Step 2:Make an appointment with your health professional
Take the M108A and M106A forms and any aids you have with you to your appointment (e.g. hearing aids, spectacles).
Your health professional will complete the rest of the forms and submit it to us by mail or scanned email.
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|Occupational Health Physician
C/o Department of Transport
GPO Box R1290
Perth WA 6844
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Step 3:Book a PDA with DoT (if required)
Book a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) with the Department of Transport (if required).
PDA bookings may also be made:
- In person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or agent; or
- By telephone on 13 11 56.
Bookings are free of charge for senior licence renewals (Drivers aged 85 years and older).
Find out more information on how the assessment works and what you will be assessed on in our guide: Driving Techniques for Safer Drivers: A Seniorís Guide to the Practical Driving Assessment (Booklet).
Step 4:Undertake a Practical Driving Assessment (if required)
This simple checklist will ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of your assessment:
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
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.
- If your driverís licence has expired, you are not legally entitled to drive. You must have someone to drive you and your vehicle to the place of your assessment.
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Step 5: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.
If the Department is satisfied that you meet the standards for safe driving, a new licence card or your renewal notice will be issued. Your renewal notice will be sent to you by post or you can elect to receive your notice electronically.
Your renewal notice must still be presented to Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional agent to update your licence record even if no fee is payable.
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.
Once your driverís licence has expired, you are not legally entitled to drive.
Alternatives to driving
We understand there may be a significant impact for persons who are no longer able to drive. WA Seniors can travel for free on all Transperth services between 9.00 am and 9.30 pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. All you need is a Seniors, Pensioner or Veterans SmartRider.
Further information may be found on the Road Safety Commission website.
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