CDL Requirements

An RMV Service Center Representative will screen your vision when you apply for a CDL or CDL permit. If you normally wear contact lenses or glasses to see at a distance, you must wear them during the vision screening examination. For more information on vision requirements, please see the Vision Test Policy.


Alternatively, you may provide an original vision screening certificate completed by a physician or optometrist who is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. The vision screening certificate cannot be more than 12 months old from the date of the screening. A copy of the Vision Screening Certificate Form for CDL is available online here.


The minimum required standards for a CDL are:

1)  distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye without corrective lenses or visual acuity separately corrected to 20/40 (Snellen) or better with corrective lenses, and

2)  distant binocular acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in both eyes with or without corrective lenses, and

3)  field of vision of at least 70ยบ in the horizontal meridian in each eye, and

4)  the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber


Monocular drivers are not qualified for a CDL.


Massachusetts may waive the federal visual standards for INTRASTATE commerce if the individual has a combined horizontal peripheral field of vision of not less than 120 degrees; provided the individual also has a distant visual acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in either eye, with or without corrective lenses, and the ability to distinguish the colors red, green, and amber.


The federal government also has a vision exemption program for INTERSTATE driving. To learn more about the federal program, visit their website.