(12/30/2008)
West Virginia will now require a vision test for drivers renewing their license.

"West Virginia was only one of nine states that did not do vision screenings on drivers at times other than at their initial licensing," says Assistant to the DMV Commissioner, Steve Dale.

He says, "We think it's going to be significant to highway safety." Additional vision screening machines have also been added to try to cut down on any extra time at the DMV.

If a person fails the screening at renewal, he or she will have to go to an eye doctor for a screening and get cleared to drive.

The screening can also be avoided if a person has a completed form and eye screening from an optometrist within 90 days of renewal.

Dale says the machines at DMV will require 20/40 for the quick screening.

He says the DMV will license individuals with 20/50 or 20/60 vision if their doctors say they are okay to drive.

He says they will not have to take the screening at the DMV regional office.

The additional vision screenings will take place at the licensure counters at the DMV offices.

The tests will begin the day after New Year's on Friday.


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