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To screen your vision, you will be asked to look into a machine and read lines of letters or numbers to the DMV representative. This screening determines whether your eyesight and peripheral vision meet the District’s standards to safely operate a motor vehicle. It is not a medical exam. If you fail the vision screening, you are required to submit an Eye Report [PDF] from your eye care professional. 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 restriction removed after having laser surgery to correct your vision, you must visit a DMV service center location. You will be required to pass the vision screening without wearing glasses or contact lenses.
Drivers License Minimum Vision Requirements (with or without corrective lenses)
- No less than 20/40 in the best eye; OR
- No less than 20/70 in the best eye AND
- Field of vision at least 140 degrees