MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Clerk is warning drivers who renewed their license online during the pandemic and self-certified their vision to take action to keep their driving privileges.
From March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021, drivers were allowed to self-certify their vision without needing to take an eye test.
However, now that the time for renewal has passed, the state is sending out warning letters to 150,000 New Yorkers who need to get their vision tested.
“Now they’ve reached a point where all these people’s licenses have gone past the year of renewal time, and they haven’t received the eye test,” explained Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore in an interview with WGRZ-TV.
To avoid having your license suspended, you can go to an eye doctor who is on the state’s list of approved eye doctors, visit a DMV office to have your vision tested, or find an eye doctor not approved by Albany who can fill out a form and send it to Albany yourself.
The Clerk says time is of the essence, so be sure to take action soon to avoid any suspension of your driver’s license.