(WNY News Now) – The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is emphasizing the importance of vision tests for driver’s license applicants and renewals, as well as the associated restrictions, including “B,” “Telescopic Lenses,” and “Daylight Driving Only.”
NY – To obtain or renew a driver’s license in New York, individuals must undergo a vision test. The test aims to confirm a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes, with or without corrective lenses, as per the Snellen Visual Acuity Scale.
Vision tests can be conducted at DMV offices or submitted electronically by enrolled vision care providers listed in the DMV Online Vision Registry. Alternatively, they can be submitted using the Vision Test Report (MV-619) completed by qualified professionals, such as physicians, physician’s assistants, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, registered nurses, or nurse professionals. The report must be in English if mailed or submitted to the DMV.
The DMV has started sending license suspension notices to approximately 95,000 drivers who renewed their licenses between March 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021, but failed to submit their vision test results, as required by the self-certification exemption.
Drivers with vision limitations may have restrictions placed on their licenses, such as “B” for corrective lenses, “Telescopic Lenses” for powerful corrective lenses, or “Daylight Driving Only” for impaired night vision.
To remove a “CORRECTIVE LENSES” restriction, drivers can provide proof of passing a vision test without corrective lenses:
Online removal through an enrolled vision test provider’s notification.
Removal at a DMV office during renewal or replacement.
Removal by mail with proof of vision test results or a Vision Test Report (MV-619).
Applicants must complete the necessary forms and pay applicable fees. The Vision Test Report’s validity varies based on its print date, either for 6 or 12 months after the eye test date.