In a critical update for New York drivers, the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued a warning that license suspensions could be imminent for those who have not submitted their vision tests.
This directive particularly affects drivers who renewed their licenses online during a specific period of the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 51,000 drivers statewide are at risk of having their licenses suspended if they fail to comply with this requirement by December 1.
The suspension threat targets drivers whose licenses expired between March 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021. During the pandemic, the DMV had implemented a temporary measure allowing drivers to renew licenses online by self-certifying their vision, as part of efforts to reduce crowds at DMV offices. However, this was under the condition that drivers would eventually submit official vision tests.
For compliance, drivers can undergo a vision test at any state-approved location or submit a completed vision test report form available on the DMV’s website. The consequences of driving with a suspended license in New York are severe, including potential tickets and fines ranging from $200 to $500, and in some cases, jail time of up to 30 days.
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