Drivers 50 years of age and older must have their eyesight tested by DMV each time they apply for a renewal of their driver license. The person must have a visual acuity level of 20/70 or better when looking through both eyes (or one eye if the person has usable vision in only one eye). If the visual acuity of the person's best eye is worse than 20/40 but not worse than 20/70, the DMV will restrict the driver to daylight driving unless a licensed vision specialist says in a written statement the person is safe to drive after dark.
Oregon law provides an opportunity for persons with a limited vision condition who use a bioptic telescopic lens to be eligible for restricted driving privileges in Oregon. Click here
to learn more about this program.
DMV will suspend the license when the driver’s mental or physical conditions or impairments make them no longer safe to drive. Oregon law requires certain physicians and health care providers to report to DMV persons age 14 and older who have functional and/or cognitive impairments that are severe and uncontrollable and likely to make it unsafe for them to drive. These professionals include primary care providers, or an ophthalmologist or optometrist providing care to those who do not meet DMV vision standards. These physicians and health care providers must report impairments when they meet the following threshold:
- Severe and uncontrollable to a degree that precludes (or may preclude) the safe operation of a motor vehicle; and
- The impairment is not correctable by medication, therapy, or surgery, or by a driving device or technique.
The issue of medically at-risk drivers brings up a lot of questions: Am I at risk if I take medications? What happens if I have been reported? Can someone report my driving? Can I appeal if my license is suspended but I feel I can drive safely? Click here
to learn more about the Medically At-Risk Driver Program.
Oregon provides a free identification card to drivers who voluntarily surrender their unexpired Oregon driver license because they feel they are no longer able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Additional information about obtaining an identification card can be accessed by clicking here