Date  last verified: January, 2012

OH:  http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4501:1-1-20 (Code last updated 03/21/2011 and still current)

  1. Driving without correction:  Binocular  applicant 20/40 or better,  Monocular applicant 20/30 or better
  2. Driving with correction without  restriction:  Best corrected vision with corrective lenses:   Same as non correction.
  3. Driving with restricted  license:  Binocular:  best corrected vision is poorer than 20/40 but  better than 20/70.  Monocular:  best corrected vision is poorer than  20/30 but better than 20/60
  4. No License:   Binocular applicant best corrected is worse than 20/70.   Monocular applicant best corrected is worse than 20/60.
  5. Visual fields:  If applicant  has greater than 70 degrees of vision from a target in each eye, the license is  unrestricted.  If one eye is comprised, it must have 45 degrees of field  from the target in that eye and greater than 70 degrees in the other eye for a  restricted license.  If the field is worse in either eye, no license is  granted.
  6. Bioptic telescopes:  Driving with bioptics is permitted, however, multiple  steps must be met to achieve this.

For Bioptic Driving http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4501:1-1-33 (Code last updated 03/21/2011 and still current)

  1. If the vision requirements were not  met as it pertained in code 4501:1-1-20, a person may still get a license to  drive with bioptic telescopes.
  2. The applicant must go to an approved  certified driving training and evaluation program center and have a new vision  evaluation to see if they may be able to enter the bioptic program.
  3. Once permitted into the program, the  applicant must take an examination regarding motor vehicle laws in Ohio.   Once passing the permit test, the applicant will be granted a permit.
  4. When the permit is granted, an  examination will be done to assure that the applicant can achieve the above  listed acuities through the bioptic telescope and have proper visual fields.
  5. After the bioptics have proven to  achieve the proper vision requirements, a driving test will be administered by  at least two highway patrolman examiners.
  6. The applicant is permitted three attempts to pass the driving  test.  If they do not pass, they must retake the permit test  again.   If the driving test is passed, they will obtain an  restricted driving license for 12 months.  If after 12 months there have  been no traffic citations or accidents, the applicant may apply for an  unrestricted license.  This test must be passed by two different examiners  both a half hour after sundown and a half hour before sunrise.

Driver License Special Case Section, 4501:1-1-33


Date  last verified: January, 2012

  1. Driving  without correction:   20/40 or better in each eye or combined  vision
  2. Driving  with correction:  If vision is worse than 20/40 in each eye or combined  vision but correctable to better than 20/60 with corrective lenses. 20/70 vision with  best correction and permission from an optometrist or  ophthalmologist may be granted a non-restricted license.
  3. Restricted  license:  If best corrected vision is worse than 20/70, but better than  20/100 with combined vision, a restricted license may be obtained. Many restrictions  apply.
  4. Visual  field: All applicants must have 120 degrees of horizontal field to drive.
  5. Monocular applicants  are ok, providing they adhere to the above restrictions and guidlines.
  6. Bioptic Telescopes are not permitted  for obtaining the permitted visual acuity, but are allowed once the acuity is  achieved with regular correction and applicant has demonstrated the ability to  use them as certified by a licensed eye care provider.
  7. There are  no specifications for color vision.

PA:  http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/067/chapter83/s83.3.html (code last updated in 2004, and still current)

Section 83. 3, Bureau of Driver Licensing


West Virginia

Date  last verified: February, 2012

To  qualify for the WV Bioptic Driving Program an applicant must present the following from a visual standpoint:

  1. Visual acuity of 20/70 – 20/200  inclusive in the better eye with best standard correction;
  2. Visual field of at least 120 degrees  horizontally and 80 degrees vertically in the same eye as used for visual  acuity determination;
  3. Improved visual acuity of 20/40 or  better using a 4x maximum bioptic telescope;
  4. No serious color vision deficits;
  5. No ocular diagnosis or prognosis that is likely to deteriorate below the  protocol levels of visual acuity and visual field as stated above.

Authority for these requirements based on laws of West Virginia, relating to “Class G” driver’s license.

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