2017 Maryland Code
Transportation
Title 16 - Vehicle Laws -- Drivers' Licenses
Subtitle 1 - Issuance, Expiration, and Renewal of Licenses
§ 16-110.2. Vision requirements -- Bioptic telescopic lenses

  • (a) "Bioptic telescopic lens" defined. -- In this section, "bioptic telescopic lens" means a spectacle mounted telescopic/telescopics telescope placed at the top of a corrective vision lens and designed to increase visual acuity and aid in spotting distant objects at a glance.
  • (b) Noncommercial Class C licenses. -- Notwithstanding any other requirements under this subtitle, an applicant using bioptic telescopic lenses shall be eligible for a noncommercial Class C driver's license under this subtitle if the applicant:
    • (1)
      • (i) Demonstrates a visual acuity of at least 20/100 in one or both eyes and a field of 150 degrees horizontal vision with or without corrective lenses; or
      • (ii) If the applicant has vision in one eye only, demonstrates a field of at least 100 degrees horizontal vision;
    • (2) Demonstrates a visual acuity of at least 20/70 in one or both eyes with the bioptic telescopic lenses and without the use of field expanders;
    • (3) Submits a report of examination by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist for evaluation by the Medical Advisory Board under § 16-118 of this subtitle; and
    • (4) Meets all the other requirements for licensure under this title.
  • (c) Learner's instructional permits. -- An applicant using bioptic telescopic lenses shall be eligible for a learner's instructional permit under § 16-103 of this subtitle if the applicant meets the requirements of subsection (b) of this section.
  • (d) Restricted license; "night blindness". --
    • (1) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, a license issued in compliance with this section authorizes the licensee to operate a motor vehicle only during the period beginning one-half hour after sunrise and ending one-half hour before sunset.
    • (2) If the applicant is eligible for a license under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Administration shall issue to the applicant a restricted license endorsed "daylight driving only".
  • (e) Unrestricted license; hours of operation. -- A licensee under this section may operate a motor vehicle without any restriction regarding hours of operation if the licensee:
    • (1) Demonstrates a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes with the bioptic telescopic lenses and without the use of field expanders;
    • (2) Has been licensed under this section for at least one year; and
    • (3) Passes a skills test taken at night.
  • (f) Applicability of section. -- This section only applies to an applicant who:
    • (1) Is granted a license under this section on or before September 30, 1997; and
    • (2) Continues to qualify for a license under this section.
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