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You must pass a vision screening to get a license or permit, even if you are renewing or amending your existing license or permit. If you normally wear glasses or contacts while driving, you need to wear them when you take your vision screening at the license branch. However, the BMV may waive the vision screening for a learner’s permit or driver’s license if you provide Vision Screening Documentation – State Form 56520 completed by a licensed ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist.

If your visual ability does not meet state standards, you will be referred to an eye doctor for examination. You may return to the license branch with a statement from an eye doctor certifying that your vision has been corrected to meet the state standard. When you present a statement from an eye doctor, you will still be required to pass a vision screening at the branch.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, a Type B restriction will be placed on your driver's license.

The most common restrictions placed on a driver's license include:

  • B: driver must wear glasses or contact lenses when driving.
  • F: driver must use outside rearview mirrors when driving.
  • G: driver may drive only during daylight hours.

 

DRIVERS WHO READ WITHOUT GLASSES
Restriction Type Visual Ability
No restrictions Both eyes: 20/20 to 20/40
F restriction One eye: 20/20 to 20/40
Other eye: 20/50 to blind
DRIVERS WHO READ WITH GLASSES
Restriction Type Visual Ability
B plus F restrictions One eye: 20/20 to 20/40
Other eye: 20/50 to blind
B restriction One eye: 20/50
Other eye: 20/50
B plus F plus G restrictions One eye: 20/50
Other eye: 20/70 to blind
B plus F plus G restrictions One eye: 20/70
Other eye: 20/70

Vision screening is not required for online renewing, but you can only renew online if your previous renewal was completed in a BMV branch.

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