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Department Outlines Procedures for Drivers’ Vision Testing

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

December 29, 2003

Effective January 1, 2004, Floridians who are 80 years of age or older will be required to pass a vision test before they may renew their driver license. The test may be taken free of charge in any driver license office, where a vision test is required of all persons seeking to obtain or renew their license, regardless of their age.

However, drivers who are eligible to renew their license without visiting a driver license office may continue to enjoy the convenience of renewing by mail, by phone, or on-line. For those persons, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has established a procedure allowing designated health care practitioners to report vision-test results.

The reporting procedure utilizes an electronic form designed in a user-friendly format. Within minutes after the vision test, the favorable results can be forwarded to the department, clearing the way for the driver to renew.

The reporting system is currently being tested and will be ready for real-time reporting by January 1. Statutorily designated Florida health care practitioners will be provided with detailed instructions concerning the forms and their location on the agency’s website, www.flhsmv.gov.

The vision-test requirement was part of Senate Bill 52, co-sponsored by Sen. Stephen R. Wise, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Irving L. Slosberg, D-Boca Raton. The bill also created the Florida At-Risk Driver Council.

The council will report back to the Legislature by February 1, 2004. The report is expected to include recommendations for helping persons who do not pass the vision test to seek alternative forms of transportation to meet their daily needs.

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