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. 

You may take a vision test at a DMV office or your vision test results may be submitted to DMV

If you are mailing or bringing a Vision Test Report to DMV.  It must be completed in English. 

 
What are the 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 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 your driver license or learner permit.

 

How do I remove a CORRECTIVE LENSES restriction?

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

 

Can I remove the restriction online?

Yes, but your vision test provider must be enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry.

Once an enrolled provider electronically notifies us that you can pass a vision test without corrective lenses, the restriction will be removed when you renew your license online. 

 

Can I remove the restriction at a DMV office?

Yes. When you renew or replace your DMV document at an office, you can take a vision test there or prove that you have meet our vision requirements by providing a Vision Test Report (MV-619) completed by a qualified eye care provider.  2

If your vision care provider is enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry and has submitted your vision test results electronically to DMV, you will not need to submit proof or take a vision test. 


Can I remove the restriction by mail?

Yes.  If you want to remove a CORRECTIVE LENS restriction before it is time to renew your driver license, you must obtain proof that you do not need corrective lenses and order a replacement document.  Proof can be submitted to DMV

  • electronically by a vision care provider enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry, or
  • by a Vision Test Report (MV-619)  3 completed by a
    • physician
    • physician's assistant
    • ophthalmologist
    • optometrist
    • optician
    • registered nurse
    • nurse professional

To order a replacement document without the restriction, you must

Mail these items to your local DMV office. 

  • 1.

    If the Vision Test Report (MV-619) has a print date of 9/03 or earlier, the form is valid for 6 months after the date of the eye test.  If the form has a print date of 3/04 or later, the vision care professional marks a box on the form to indicate if the form is valid for 6 months or for 12 months after the date of the eye test.

  • 2. Your Vision Care Report (MV-619) must be completed by
    • a physician
    • a physician's assistant
    • an ophthalmologist
    • an optometrist
    • an optician
    • a registered nurse
    • a nurse professional

    If the Vision Test Report (MV-619) has a print date of 9/03 or earlier, the form is valid for 6 months after the date of the eye test.  If the form has a print date of 3/04 or later, the vision care professional marks a box on the form to indicate if the form is valid for 6 months or for 12 months after the date of the eye test.

  • 3.

    If the Vision Test Report (MV-619) has a print date of 9/03 or earlier, the form is valid for 6 months after the date of the eye test.  If the form has a print date of 3/04 or later, the vision care professional marks a box on the form to indicate if the form is valid for 6 months or for 12 months after the date of the eye test.

Common tasks

Vision Test Requirements for Online Transactions

To renew your driver license online, a vision test provider must enter your test results in the DMV Online Vision Registry or complete a Vision Test Report (MV-619) so you can enter information from the form.

If you want to remove a CORRECTIVE LENSES restriction online, your vision care provider must enter your vision test results in the DMV Online Vision Registry before you renew driver license online.

You can search by ZIP Code for providers enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.