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Motor Vehicle Exams

As a courtesy, all patients of First Sight Vision Care who have had a comprehensive vision exam within the 12 months of their driver's license renewal can have their forms filled out. We do ask that you give us 24-48 hours to process your request.

Additional color vision testing and peripheral vision testing may need to be done at time of request.

Maryland Driver's License Requirements

To qualify for an unrestricted driver's license, the State of Maryland requires drivers to have:

  • Binocular vision
  • Visual acuity (Snellen) of at least 20/40 in each eye
  • A continuous field of vision of at least 140 degrees

Restricted licenses may be issued to persons having:

  • Visual acuity of at least 20/70 in one or both eyes
  • A continuous field of vision of at least 110 degrees, with at least 35 degrees lateral to the midline of each side

Note: These two requirements must be simultaneous.

Persons with visual acuity levels less than 20/70, but no worse than 20/100, require special handling by the Motor Vehicle Administration's (MVA) Glen Burnie Headquarters. Please contact the MVA's Modified Vision Unit at (410) 768-7513 for information and special forms.

Commercial Driver's License Requirements

Applicants for commercial driver licenses must meet both state and federal vision requirements. The minimum requirements are:

  • Binocular vision
  • Visual acuity (Snellen) of at least 20/40 or better in each eye
  • A field of vision of at least 70 degrees in each eye
  • The ability to distinguish between red, green and amber colors

You cannot qualify for any Maryland driver's license if:

  • You cannot achieve visual acuity levels of 20/100 or better, using either one of both eyes (without telescopic lens)
  • Visual acuity (Snellen) of at least 20/40 or better in each eye
  • You cannot achieve at least 110 degrees continuous field of vision