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Thousands of licenses could be suspended after Thanksgiving if vision tests aren’t completed: Why?

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When renewing a driver’s license in New York State, passing a vision test remains a mandatory requirement. Despite it being paused during the pandemic lockdown, thousands of licenses are set to be suspended the day after Thanksgiving if action isn’t taken soon.


To facilitate this process without visiting the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the state offers several methods for submitting vision test results. Firstly, individuals can visit a DMV office to complete the test. Alternatively, they can use an approved provider who will directly send the test results to the DMV.

The vision test, which can be administered by a range of professionals including physicians, optometrists, and registered nurses, must demonstrate a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes, with or without corrective lenses.

For those using a provider not listed in the DMV’s Vision Registry, a completed Vision Test Report (MV-619) is required. This report can be submitted either electronically through a web form or mailed to the License Production Bureau in Albany, NY.

It’s crucial for license holders who self-certified their vision during the renewal process between March 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021, to submit their vision test by December 1, 2023, to avoid suspension.

This step is especially important for drivers needing telescopic or corrective lenses, or those with daylight driving restrictions. The DMV has streamlined the process for submitting vision test results, offering options to ensure compliance and convenience for New York State drivers.