Renewing your license: How to send a vision test to the DMV

If your license expired between 3/1/2020 – 8/31/2021 & you renewed online by self-certifying your vision, but have not submitted a vision test to DMV, your license will be suspended on 12/01/2023. Submit your vision test now to avoid suspension. For steps on submitting your vision test, please read below.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In New York State, in order to get a license you must pass a vision test and that is a requirement when renewing your license as well.

If the time has come for you to renew your license, you’re probably wondering how you can submit those details without actually having to go to the DMV, and in that case, you have options.

In New York State, there are three ways you can do a vision test. The first way is to actually go to the DMV to get your vision tested.

Another way is finding an approved provider and test location so that when you pass your vision test your provider will send the test results to the DMV for you.

Lastly, if you have to go to a provider not approved in the DMV’s Vision Registry, you can ask your provider to complete a Vision Test Report (MV-619) to give to you that you can use to submit electronically or by mail.

Providers must be one of the following:

  • Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Optician
  • Registered nurse
  • Nurse professional

When you take your vision test, you must “show that you have visual acuity of at least 20/40 (based on the Snellen Visual Acuity Scale) in either or both eyes, with or without corrective lenses,” according to the NYSDMV.

If you had to get a Vision Test Report (MV-619), you can either send that form electronically or by mail.

To send it electronically, you can fill out and submit a short web form using the information on your completed Vision Test Report (MV-619). 

The other option is to send the completed Vision Test Report (MV-619) by mail to the following address:

License Production Bureau 
PO Box 2688-ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0668
Attn: Vision Registry

If you need telescopic or corrective lenses or are required to drive in daylight, you might have more restrictions and need to go about a different process. For more information on vision requirements and restrictions, click here.

If you have a question you want to send to the DMV, you can send it here.

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