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Vision Screening Certificate

If the customer fails the vision screening test, has a visual acuity between 20/50 and 20/70, declines to take the test, is unable to take the test, or wears a bioptic telescopic lens, he/she is required to submit an original Registry of Motor Vehicles Vision Screening Certificate that a physician or optometrist, licensed in Massachusetts, has completed. The Registry of Motor Vehicles will accept this Vision Screening Certificate in lieu of the vision screening test to demonstrate compliance with the minimum vision standards to obtain a Massachusetts permit/license. The RMV Service Center Representative will verify that the Vision Screening Certificate meets the required vision standards.


The Vision Screening Certificate has to be fully completed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist and by the customer, and it has to contain the original signatures of the customer and the certifying ophthalmologist or optometrist. The Vision Screening Certificate cannot be more than 12 months old from the date of the screening. No photocopies of the Vision Screening Certificate will be accepted.

The customer cannot take the learner’s permit exam until he/she either passes the vision screening test or presents a completed and signed Vision Screening Certificate.


The Vision Screening Certificate for a customer seeking to obtain a passenger permit/license is available here, while the Vision Screening Certificate for a customer seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license is available here.