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DMV Driving Laws

Visual Acuity:

Visual Acuity: “The department shall not issue a driver’s license to, or renew a driver’s license of, any person whose best corrected visual acuity is 20/200 or worse in that person’s better eye, as verified by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. No person may use a bioptic telescope or similar lens to meet the 20/200 visual acuity standards.”

Bioptic Telescope Lenses:

are permitted for driving. New pilot program in Northern California includes new assessment tools:

  • Observation for any physical limitations that could affect safe driving.
  • A cognitive exercise that will require you to recall in writing your social security number or your zip code if you have never been issued a SSN.
  • A vision test that measures contrast sensitivity.
  • Perceptual Response Test, if you do not perform well on the standard tests or new assessment tools.

DMV field offices use the following guide in taking actions:

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