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Thousands of drivers rush to DMV for vision tests ahead of deadline

Thousands of residents in the Finger Lakes region are facing a race against time to avoid having their driver’s licenses suspended due to a looming December 1 deadline for mandatory vision tests.

This requirement specifically targets individuals whose licenses expired between March 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021, and who have not yet completed an in-person vision test.

Notices regarding this mandate were mailed out by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in October and again recently, prompting a last-minute surge in DMV visits.


The situation led to frustration among some who felt they received insufficient notice of the deadline, while others were uncertain whether the requirement applied to them. This urgency has been exacerbated by the DMV’s recent dispatch of reminder letters, which may have been overlooked by some recipients.

Residents who are unsure whether they need to take the vision test are advised to check both their mail and email for any communication from the DMV. With the deadline fast approaching, those who have received a notice are encouraged to visit their local DMV office as soon as possible to complete the required eye exam.

This step is crucial to maintain their driving privileges and avoid the risk of license suspension. As the deadline nears, the DMV is expected to see continued high foot traffic, turning vision tests into an unexpected but essential errand for many.



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