DMV Vision Screening:

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Vision Requirements & Restrictions

You must pass a vision test when you apply for a driver license or to renew your license. The test must show that you have visual acuity of at least 20/40 (based on the Snellen Visual Acuity Scale) in either or both eyes, with or without corrective lenses.

Restrictions Related To Driver Vision

If your eye exam indicates you must wear corrective lenses to pass the vision test, a "B" restriction will be placed on your driver license or learner permit.

There are also restrictions for drivers with low vision.

  • Telescopic lenses - Telescopic lenses are corrective lenses that are much more powerful than normal eyeglasses or contact lenses. If you need telescopic lens to pass a vision test, you must send a completed Eye Test Report for Medical Review Unit (PDF) [4] form (MV-80L) to DMV's Medical Review Unit (MRU). A "TELESCOPIC LENSES" restriction will be placed on your driver license or learner permit. If you no longer need telescopic lenses, you can submit a new form MV-80L to remove the restriction.
  • Daylight driving only - If an eye care professional indicates that your vision at night is impaired, a "DAYLIGHT DRIVING ONLY" restriction will be added to your driver license or learner's permit.

Additional Information from NY DMV


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How To Remove A CORRECTIVE LENSES Restriction

  • You must prove that you can pass a vision test without corrective lenses.