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Drivers Age 80 & Older - Vision Requirements

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General Information

Effective January 1, 2004, all drivers who are 80 years of age or older and who are in the process of renewing their driver license are required to pass a vision test. The test may be taken at a Florida driver license office at no additional charge. Should you elect to have your vision tested at a driver license office, please schedule an appointment so that we can serve you more efficiently.

Your other option is to have a doctor licensed to practice in Florida administer the vision test. He or she must be a medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or an optometrist. If the vision test is administered by your doctor a Mature Driver Vision Test Form (HSMV 72119) must be completed and submitted to the department. You can also ask your doctor to file the form electronically to our web site. The doctor completing the form must be licensed in Florida, out-of-state doctors are not authorized to provide this information.

Upon passing the vision test, you can complete the renewal process. However, if the test reveals a problem, you will be requested to have an eye specialist licensed in the state of Florida complete a Report of Eye Examination (HSMV 72010) and submit it to the department prior to renewing your license.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is required to have the vision test under the new law?

Everyone 80 years of age or older as of January 1, 2004, must have a vision test under the new law when the person is in the renewal process.

2. When should the test be completed?

Within 1 year from the date of renewal of a license.

3. I renewed my license on December 1, 2003. Is this still valid?

Absolutely. If you renewed your driver license before January 1, 2004, it is valid for the duration specified on the license. A test will be required at the time of your next renewal.

4. I mailed my renewal forms before January 1, 2004, and am waiting to receive them. Do I now have to take a vision test?

No. All applications received with a post-mark of December 31, 2003, or earlier, will be processed without a vision test. The test will be required at your next renewal.

5. I will be 80 years old in three months. Will I lose my license then? Should I take a test before then?

No. Your license is valid for the duration specified on your license. You will be required to take a test only when you renew the next time.

6. Who is authorized to give the test?

Any Florida Driver License office will give a free test. A medical doctor, osteopathic physician, or optometrist who is licensed to practice in Florida may also give the test.

7. How long after I take the vision test must I apply to renew my license?

The form is valid for a year from the test date. If you passed the test at a driver license office, you can get the license immediately.

8. How long will it take for me to get a license after passing the vision test?

You can get it immediately if you passed at a driver license office. If your doctor's office electronically transfers the results to us, you can renew by mail or Internet on the same day. If the results are mailed in, allow a week, primarily for mail time.

9. I am blind in one eye. Will I lose my license?

Not necessarily. Just like any other driver, if you are blind in one eye, the other eye has an acuity reading of 20/40, and your combined vision is 20/40, you will be eligible to receive a driver license. Consult your optometrist for further evaluation.

10. What eyesight (acuity) readings must I have to receive a driver license?

Applicants or licensed drivers who have 20/50 vision or worse in either eye, with or without corrective lenses, are referred to an eye specialist for possible improvement. 20/70 vision or better in either eye or with both eyes may pass with or without corrective lenses, if vision cannot be improved. However, if one eye is blind or 20/200 or worse, the other eye must be 20/40 or better. The minimum acceptable field of vision is 130 degrees.

11. How am I supposed to get around if I fail the test?

You may still be eligible to receive a restricted driver license, based on your eye specialist's evaluation. If you become totally ineligible, you may wish to contact the Commission on Transportation Disadvantaged for information regarding alternative transportation by calling 1-800-983-2435.

Community transportation coordinators are responsible for the coordination of transportation in one or more counties throughout the state and are identified at: http://www.dot.state.fl.us/ctd/.

12. I submitted a Mature Driver Vision Test completed by my doctor. Why am I now being requested to have a Report of Eye Exam completed by an eye specialist?

Applicants or licensed drivers who have 20/50 vision or worse in either eye or have an eye disease, are referred to an eye specialist for possible improvement.

 

Contact Information

By Telephone: Customer Service Center (850) 617-2000

By E-Mail: Vision@flhsmv.gov



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