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85 years and older 

In NSW, upon approaching your 85th birthday and every two years thereafter, you must decide whether you would like to keep your unrestricted driver's licence or opt to switch to a modified licence.

 

What is an unrestricted driver's licence?

An unrestricted licence gives you the ability to drive wherever and whenever you wish the same as you always have.

Opting for an unrestricted driver's licence means you are required to complete a practical Driving Test or Assessment to maintain your existing licence.

 

What is a 'modified' licence?

Senior drivers may opt for a modified licence on renewal. Through negotiations with the RMS, the conditions of your licence could be modified. For example, a 'home to town' condition could be put in place.

Modified licence holders will not be required to undertake a driving test; however, you will still need to have an annual medical examination.

Mirage Driving School: offers more than just an Assessment and test, the combined Refresher and Assessment allow us extra time to settle your nerves and ensure that you are in a relaxed environment before you are tested.

We also provide the opportunity to identify and work with you on possible areas for improvement early in the session.  Occasionally a further Refresher lesson may be suggested before you are tested.

You can be assured that Mirage Driving School has your best interests at heart and keeping you safe in our rapidly changing road conditions is our number one priority. Our friendly instructor/ assessor will help build your confidence and calmly assist you in retaining your licence.

Mirage Driving School:  is qualified and accredited by the RMS to conduct Older Driver Assessments for the 85-year-old and over. We pick-up from home or a designated location, then driving lessons and assessments are conducted in the local or designated area.

To book for your  driving assessment Please click here 

 

What is the difference between a Driving Test and a Driving Assessment?

Driving test:

  • Carried out by the RMS at a local motor registry without charge
  • This is a practical driving test with eight ‘fail items’. If you commit one of these fail items during the test, the RMS will not pass you regardless of your overall driving performance
  • A list of the fail items can be found in the Guide to Older Driver Licensing booklet available from the RMS
  • If you don't pass in three attempts, a modified licence will be issued. You may attempt to upgrade to a full licence by successfully passing a Driving Assessment with an accredited assessor
  • You should complete this test prior to your 85th birthday and every two years thereafter

Driving assessment:

  • Carried out by a licensed driving instructor who holds a Senior Assessor Qualification, like the experienced driving instructors at  MIRAGE DRIVING SCHOOL
  • Assessments are commonly conducted from your home on the streets you drive every day
  • You can take as many Assessments as you like on the proviso you don't perform a ‘serious fail’ based on the RMS standards
  • A serious fail may be recorded where your driving behaviours represent a danger to yourself and other road users
  • You should complete this Assessment prior to your 85th birthday and every two years thereafter
  • This option is on a fee for service basis
  • Why you should take your assessment with  MIRAGE DRIVING SCHOOL :

 Because MIRAGE DRIVING SCHOOL offers more than just an assessment – you can choose a combined Refresher and Assessment when making your booking. This allows you time to feel comfortable with the assessor in the car before the assessment begins. It also gives your instructor the opportunity to identify areas for improvement early on, postponing the formal assessment if required and instead of booking in for some follow up refresher lessons.

Be assured that MIRAGE DRIVING SCHOOL has your best interests at heart. Keeping you safe on our rapidly changing road conditions is our number one priority.

Our friendly instructors are trained to build your confidence and assist you to continue to hold your licence.

Prepare and be confident

Choosing to book a refresher lesson before your driving test or assessment will ensure that you are well prepared. Refresher lessons give you an update on the latest road rules, provide feedback on areas for improvement and increase your knowledge of what the ‘fail items’ are, should you choose to undertake a driving test at a motor registry.