District of Columbia

Driver licensing agency
contact information
District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles
301 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202 727-5000
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity

Visual fields

Color vision requirement
Restricted licenses
Best eye with/without correction
Other eye with/without correction
If one eye blind—other with/without correction
Absolute visual acuity minimum

Are bioptic telescopes allowed?
Minimum field requirement

Visual field testing device
For new drivers only
Daytime-only licenses available (acuity must be 20/70 or greater and field of vision 140˚ or greater).
20/40; 20/70 in better eye requires 140 E visual field for restricted license.
130˚ both eyes (may be approved by director at 110˚)
Confrontation or perimetry
Licensing Renewal Procedures

Age-based renewal procedures
Length of license validation
Renewal options and conditions

Vision testing required at time of renewal?
Written test required?

Road test required?

At age 70, the licensee must submit a letter from his/her physician stating that the licensee is medically fit to drive based on vision and physical and mental capabilities.
5 years
Drivers with a clear driver record and no medical requirements can now renew their license on-line
Yes; however, drivers are allowed a 6 month grace period
Licensees with physical disabilities may require a road test at the time of renewal. Also, senior citizens may be required to take the road test on an observational basis.
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting
Legal protection
DMV follow-up
Other reporting
Permitted but not required.
Any concerned citizen may report.
Reporters are allowed to remain anonymous.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB Washington, DC does not currently retain a medical advisory board.

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