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Driving Restrictions for Specific Medical Conditions
|Medical Condition||Driving Restriction|
|Arthritis in lower extremities||Automatic transmission|
|Deaf||Left outside mirror properly placed|
|Deaf/hearing impaired||Hearing aids|
|Insulin-dependent Diabetic||Insulin-dependent Diabetic|
|Doctor’s Recommendation||No driving during rush hours|
|Dwarf/Midget||Appropriate elevation of seat and use of floor pedal extensions|
|Missing fingers or a hand||Spinner knob for steering wheel|
|Missing right arm extremity||Hand controls-left hand operation|
|Missing right extremity||Left foot accelerator|
|Missing right leg||Automatic transmission left foot accelerator|
|Respiratory problems||Must use portable oxygen when driving|
|Vision||Two outside mirrors properly placed|
|Vision||Daylight driving only|
|Vision||Must wear glasses or contact lenses|
A restriction can only be removed if you provide an updated Medical and/or Eye Report [PDF] with the appropriate findings by your physician.
If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to pass the vision screening, you must wear them when you drive, and your license will show this restriction.To have this eye restriction removed after having laser surgery, you must visit a DMV service center location. You will be required to present a letter from your eye care professional on company letterhead stating that you no longer need glasses or contact lenses to drive, and he or she is authorizing the DC Department of Motor Vehicles to remove the restriction from your license or permit. The Medical/Eye Report by itself is not sufficent. You will be required to pass the vision screening without wearing glasses or contact lenses.