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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
Vision Biopic/Telescopic lens

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.

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