2017 Maryland Code
Transportation
Title 16 - Vehicle Laws -- Drivers' Licenses
Subtitle 1 - Issuance, Expiration, and Renewal of Licenses
§ 16-110.1. Vision requirements -- In general

  • (a) Vision standards for unrestricted license. -- For an unrestricted license, each applicant is required to have:
    • (1) Simultaneously:
      • (i) A minimum visual acuity of 20/40 in each eye; and
      • (ii) A continuous field of vision of at least 140 degrees; and
    • (2) Binocular vision.
  • (b) Restricted license -- Vision correctable to standards. -- If the applicant's vision can be corrected by glasses or contact lenses to meet the standards of this section, the Administration may issue the applicant a restricted license, endorsed "corrective lenses".
  • (c) Restricted license -- Peripheral vision -- In general. --
    • (1) The Administration may issue a restricted license to an applicant who has simultaneously:
      • (i) A visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes; and
      • (ii) A continuous field of vision of at least 110 degrees and with at least 35 degrees lateral to the midline of each side.
    • (2) To qualify for a restricted license under this subsection, the Administration may require an applicant to submit a report of examination by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist for evaluation by the Administration or its Medical Advisory Board.
    • (3) A license issued under this subsection:
      • (i) Shall be endorsed "outside mirrors each side"; and
      • (ii) May be subject to additional restrictions imposed by the Administration, based on recommendations of the applicant's ophthalmologist or optometrist, or any other evaluation that the Administration determines appropriate.
  • (d) Restricted license -- Peripheral vision -- Noncommercial license. --
    • (1) The Administration may only issue a restricted noncommercial driver's license to an applicant who does not otherwise meet the vision standards under this section but who has simultaneously:
      • (i) A visual acuity of at least 20/70 in one or both eyes; and
      • (ii) A continuous field of vision of at least 110 degrees and with at least 35 degrees lateral to the midline of each side.
    • (2) To qualify for a restricted license under this subsection, the Administration may require an applicant to submit a report of examination by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist for evaluation by the Administration or its Medical Advisory Board.
    • (3) A license issued under this subsection:
      • (i) Shall be endorsed "outside mirrors each side"; and
      • (ii) May be subject to additional restrictions imposed by the Administration, based on recommendations of the applicant's ophthalmologist or optometrist, or any other evaluation that the Administration determines appropriate.
  • (e) Issuance of restricted license. -- If an applicant does not meet the vision standards under this subtitle, the Administration may issue a restricted license to the applicant subject to any restrictions the administration determines appropriate for public safety, including any restriction described in ยง 16-110.3 of this subtitle, if:
    • (1) The applicant is evaluated and recommended for approval by the Medical Advisory Board; and
    • (2) The applicant successfully completes a driver's training course required by the Administration.
  • (f) Vision correction surgery. -- An individual issued a restricted driver's license under this section who has had vision correction surgery resulting in the individual's meeting the requirements for an unrestricted license may:
    • (1) Apply to the Administration for a corrected license without the vision restriction; or
    • (2) Until the time of a license renewal or issuance of a corrected license, carry written certification from a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist that the individual meets the vision requirements for an unrestricted license under this section.
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