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Vision Screening Information

Who must submit to a vision screening?

Anyone applying for an initial license, applicants with a valid out-of-state license, anyone changing their license classification, and certain applicants who are older than 40 years old. (Applicants older than 40 years old must have a vision screening on the first renewal after attaining 40 years of age, at every second renewal after attaining 40 years of age until attaining 62 years of age, and at every renewal after attaining 62 years of age.)

Where do I obtain a vision screening?

You can have the vision screening done at no fee when you appear for your driver's examination, or if you choose, you can have your vision screening done at your expense by visiting a doctor. 

What does the vision screening consist of?

The vision screening will measure your visual acuity (how clearly you see) and your peripheral vision (how far you can see to either side while looking straight ahead).


Rules governing medical conditions and the operation of motor vehicles may be obtained online or by sending a written request to:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Medical Section
29 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0029