Driving an automobile is a complex activity for everyone. It requires good eyesight, good health and good reflexes, regardless of whether you are young or old.
Driving after 75
Your state of health, not your age, is what determines your ability to drive.
Has your state of health changed?
You must inform the SAAQ of any change in your state of health within 30 days of this change.
If you have a licence to drive a car, motorcycle, scooter or farm tractor…
You are required to undergo a medical examination and a vision test six months prior to your 75th and 80th birthdays, and every two years thereafter. We will send you an explanatory letter along with the forms to be completed and signed by the appropriate health care professionals. Return the forms to us once they have been completed and signed.
For more information on the medical examination, vision test and procedure to follow, visit the State of Health page.
Very few people—approximately 1%—lose their licence following the medical examination and vision test.
However, many others—approximately 56%—have to comply with certain conditions, such as:
avoiding driving at night
wearing contact lenses or glasses
driving a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission
Conserver son permis pour les conducteurs âgés (keeping your driver’s licence as a senior—in French only)
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This 8-minute video aims to inform drivers and make them aware of the links that exist between health, driving an automobile and the legislation that sets the conditions for drivers to keep their licence, such as:
medical controls at age 75, 80 and every two years thereafter;
conditions that can be added to a licence following a medical assessment;