The Restricted License

Sometimes, a physical or mental condition can impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The most common of these conditions is poor vision, but others, which may be age-related, include cognitive skills like memory, coordination and flexibility.

In some circumstances, older drivers may have a restriction placed on their driver license. The types of restrictions vary, and are based on the results of a vision test, driving test, and the driving examiner’s assessment. A restricted driver license is intended to ensure that the person is driving within their abilities.

Some of the most common license restrictions are those that:

  • Require eyeglasses, corrective contact lenses, or bioptic telescopic lens to be worn at certain times.
  • Permit driving from sunrise to sunset only, or prohibit driving during rush hour.
  • Restrict the geographical area in which a person is permitted to drive, or prohibit freeway driving.
  • Require special mechanical devices, or an additional side mirror on the vehicle.
  • Require extra support in order to ensure a safe and correct driving position.
  • Drivers with a seizure during the last 24 months need to submit a medical form and should have been seizure-free for at least 6 months before resuming driving.
  • Drivers with medical conditions that may need attention can have it indicated on their licenses.

Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

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