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Thousands of licenses will be suspended across Finger Lakes if vision tests aren’t completed this week

Thousands of drivers in the Finger Lakes and across New York State are at risk of having their licenses suspended if they fail to complete a required vision test by December 1.


This directive, issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), addresses the backlog created when vision tests were postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Tuesday more than 58,000 statewide still need to take their eye exams to meet the deadline.

The DMV had sent out notices to those who had their vision tests delayed, with a specific focus on individuals who renewed their licenses between March 2020 and August 2021 without undergoing the mandatory vision test.


To check if they are required to take the test, individuals can use the DMV’s online chat system, although the process might involve navigating through various links.

Failing to complete the test by November 26 could lead to license suspension, as there is a five-day processing period for the test results.