The Vision Test
Effective January 1, 2014, Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (“DHS&MV”) requires drivers of age 80 or above who renew their license to undergo a basic vision test to ensure they are able to safely operate a motor vehicle.
The vision test may be taken at a driver license office for no additional charge or you may 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 a Doctor administers the vision test a “Mature Driver Vision Test Form” (HSMV Form #72119) must be completed and submitted to DHS&MV. Out-of-state doctors are NOT authorized to provide this information.
Upon passing the vision test you can complete the renewal process. 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 Form #72010) and submit it prior to renewing the driver license.
The Florida DHS&MV’s vision standard is 20/50. If worse in one or either eye, with or without corrective lenses, you will be referred to a licensed vision specialist to see if it can be improved. If one eye is blind or 20/200 or worse, the other eye must have 20/40 or better. The minimum acceptable field of vision is 130 degrees.
Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles