If you are getting ready to take a driving test for your driver’s license, or if you are renewing a driver’s license, you will find that you need to take the DMV eye test. There are two main ways that state DMVs will take eye tests but the results are the same. In order to get your driver’s license, you will need to pass the DMV eye test. Here is some information on passing the DMV eye test and how you can prepare.
The DMV Eye Test is Part of the Process
In order to get a driver’s license, you will need to take three different tests. You will need to take a written test, typically give on a computer, a driving test, which will show your skills on the road, and the DMV eye test, which checks to make sure your vision is good enough to drive. Each state has slightly different requirements when it comes to the DMV eye test but one thing you should know is that it is necessary to wear corrective lenses, like glasses or contacts, on the day of the test.
Make an Appointment if Necessary
In order to get your driver’s license tests done, you may need to make an appointment. It is important that you arrive early, about 10 minutes, and complete any paperwork that you may need. You should also make sure that you have all of the documents needed for your state.
Prepare and Take the Test
When it is time for your DMV eye test, you will be asked to wear your corrective lenses and follow the instructions given to you by the DMV employee. As mentioned above, there are two different types of tests, depending on your state. Some states will use an eye chart that is placed on a wall. Other states use machines like the Optec 1000, which is like a large pair of goggles or binoculars which are fixed to a counter.
When taking the test, your eyes will be tested together and then each eye will be tested individually. The minimum requirement, with and without corrective lenses, is 20/40 in both eyes. When it comes to your individual eyes, you will need to have at least 20/40 in one and 20/70 in the other.
Pass or Fail?
If you pass the DMV eye test, you will be able to take the other portions of your test, the written and driving portions. If you pass with restrictions, for example you only pass because you wear corrective lenses, you will need to only drive when you are wearing those corrective lenses. Depending on the results, you may also have restrictions like being only able to drive during daylight hours.
If you fail, you will be given instructions to see an optician and they will need to fill out some paperwork before you will be able to take the test again.
Tips to Help You Pass
Though the DMV eye test is fairly easy to pass, there are some tips that you can use in order to make passing more probable.
- Avoid squinting – squinting can make your eyes tired and it can also cause the DMV employees to fail you. Squinting is often an indication that someone cannot see clearly.
- Don’t forget your lenses – If you only wear glasses or contact to read or have a low prescription, you may not wear them all the time. If you have them at all, make sure you remember them in order to take the test.
- Use eye drops to ensure your eyes are moist and clear. Try to get a good night’s sleep in order to see more clearly as well.