Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 20. Senior Citizen Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course Certification.


§ 50–2001. Findings.

The Council of the District of Columbia finds that:

(1) Drivers 50 years of age and older are an increasing segment of the District of Columbia’s motorists whose unique driving habits justify the development of driver improvement training programs specifically designed for senior citizens.

(2) Statistics indicate that although the number of annual miles driven declines for drivers 50 years of age and older, motor vehicle accident rates for senior citizens increase when measured by accidents per mile driven, and highlight the need for measures to improve highway safety by educating older drivers about their specific driving customs and experiences.

(3) Senior citizen motor vehicle safety and driver improvement programs will improve the driving skills of older motorists, will update their driving knowledge, and will result in greater driving safety in the District of Columbia.


(Feb. 9, 1984, D.C. Law 5-46, § 2, 30 DCR 5638; Dec. 13, 2013, D.C. Law 20-51, § 2(a), 60 DCR 15155.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-491.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-51 substituted “50 years of age” for “55 years of age” throughout the section.


§ 50–2002. Approval of courses; certificate of completion.

(a) The Department of Transportation shall establish criteria and guidelines for the approval of motor vehicle accident prevention courses (“course”) for individuals 50 years of age and older.

(b) An approved classroom course shall require that each student receives a minimum of 6 hours of instruction for the initial course and 4 hours of instruction for the renewal courses.

(b-1) An approved online course shall require that each student receives validation of instruction that is equal to or greater than that offered in a classroom course.

(c) An individual who successfully completes an approved course shall be issued a certificate of completion by the organization operating the course.


(Feb. 9, 1984, D.C. Law 5-46, §§ 3, 4, 30 DCR 5638; Dec. 13, 2013, D.C. Law 20-51, § 2(b), 60 DCR 15155.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-492.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-2003.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-51 substituted “50 years of age” for “55 years of age” in (a); rewrote (b), which read: “An approved course shall provide not less than 8 hours of actual classroom or field driving instruction”; and added (b-1).


§ 50–2003. Insurance discounts.

(a) All insurance companies authorized to sell motor vehicle insurance in the District of Columbia shall provide a discount in the amount charged for a motor vehicle insurance policy to individuals 50 years of age and older who have successfully completed an approved course.

(b) Any schedule of rates or any rating plan for a motor vehicle insurance policy approved by the Department of Insurance shall provide for an appropriate 2-year discount in the premiums for individuals 50 years of age and older who have successfully completed an approved course.

(c) The requirement in subsection (b) of this section shall be satisfied if an insurance company’s schedule of rates or rating plan provides a discount in the premiums for all individuals 50 years of age and older based upon factors related to the individual’s age.

(d) A certificate of completion issued pursuant to § 50-2002(c) shall qualify an individual for the discount set forth in subsection (b) of this section during the 2-year period immediately following issuance of the certificate.

(e) An individual shall complete an approved course every 2 years in order to continue to be eligible for a discount in the premiums of a motor vehicle policy of insurance provided pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.


(Feb. 9, 1984, D.C. Law 5-46, §§ 5, 6, 30 DCR 5638; Dec. 13, 2013, D.C. Law 20-51, § 2(c), 60 DCR 15155.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-493.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-51 substituted “50 years of age” for “55 years of age” throughout the section.