Am I required to get an eye exam when I apply for a drivers license?

Each state adheres to different drivers license requirements, including eye exams. To find out if your state requires an eye test, visit your state's DMV Web site and look under drivers license. Or, if you prefer, call your local DMV office. 

Most states require all first time applicants to pass an eye exam.  And some even extend this mandate to new residents, senior citizens and license renewal applicants. Tests take place at DMV licensing offices. 

If you're instructed to take an eye exam, you'll probably need to have a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes. Again, actual requirements vary with each state. Some states will accept a vision statement from an eye care specialist in lieu of an exam. And most states will add a restriction to your drivers license stating, "must wear corrective eyewear" if your vision can pass the test with glasses or contact lens.

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