North Carolina law gives older drivers a break

| 8/16/2010

A new law lets more North Carolina residents wait longer before renewing their driver’s licenses.

Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law a bill that allows drivers between 54 and 66 to be able to renew licenses for eight years. State law now requires affected drivers to renew their licenses every five years. People under 54 already are issued licenses for eight years. Older drivers must still renew every five years.

Previously S181, the new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Supporters say the change makes sense because people are staying active later in life. Others say there are different ways to get unsafe older drivers off roads, including a state medical referral program.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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