Article by Delta Driving School
People who are applying for an original or renewal driver’s license in California must meet the Department of Motor Vehicles’ visual acuity standard. The DMV’s vision screening standard is:
20/40 with both eyes tested together
20/40 in the better-seeing eye
20/70 in the poorer-seeing eye
Visual acuity is a driver’s ability to see items clearly and sharply, as well as the ability to recognize small details. If a driver cannot meet the DMV’s vision screening standard, they must possess a minimum visual acuity in at least one eye of better than 20/200, with or without correction. The DMV will not issue a driver’s license to individuals who do not meet the minimum visual acuity standard.
What happens if a driver does not meet the DMV’s vision standard?
If a driver fails to meet the DMV’s vision screening standard, they will be given a Report of Vision Examination (DL 62) form for their eye doctor to complete and sign. Drivers will then have to return to the DMV with the DL 62 form to have their vision retested.
During the vision retesting process, drivers will also perform a driving test to confirm they can safely drive, even with a vision impairment. Passing the driving test establishes that a driver can compensate for any vision loss caused by their vision condition. However, drivers may still have their license restricted. Common license restrictions include:
Restricted to wearing corrective lenses
Restricted to driving during daylight hours
Issuance of license for a shorter term
About the Author: This article is courtesy of Delta Driving School. They are a Driving School in La Canada, Glendale, Eagle Rock and La Crescenta in Southern California.