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Vision Screening Test

Testing a customer’s vision is a necessary part of ensuring that the customer is capable of operating a motor vehicle safely. First time permit/license applicants and customers renewing a license or converting a permit/license at an RMV Service Center have to pass a vision screening test that checks visual acuity, color vision, and peripheral vision.

 

If the customer normally wears contact lenses or corrective lenses to see at a distance, then he/she must wear them during the vision screening test.

 

To be eligible for an unrestricted Class D, Class M, or Class D/M permit/license, the customer’s visual acuity must be at least 20/40 in the better eye, with or without corrective lenses, and he/she must have at least 120 degrees of horizontal peripheral vision (both eyes together). If the corrected visual acuity is 20/50, 20/60, or 20/70 in the better eye, the customer may be eligible for a Daylight Only permit/license. The customer must also be able to distinguish the colors red, green, and amber.

 

To be eligible for a commercial driver’s license, the customer’s visual acuity must be at least 20/40 in each eye, with or without corrective lenses, and he/she must have at least 140 degrees of horizontal peripheral vision (both eyes together). The customer must also be able to distinguish the colors red, green, and amber.