Driver licensing agency
contact information
Texas Department of Public Safety
Driver License Division
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001
512 424-2967 or
512 424-2602
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity

Visual fields
Color vision requirement
Type of road test
Restricted licenses
Each eye with/without correction
Both eyes with/without correction
If one eye blind—other without correction
If one eye blind—other with correction
Absolute visual acuity minimum

Are bioptic telescopes allowed?

Minimum field requirement
There is a requirement for all new drivers (not specified).
Standardized course
Restrictions are based on medical advice and may include daytime driving only where the speed limit <45 mph and no expressway driving.
20/25 with eye specialist statement.
20/50 with eye specialist statement.
20/40 in better eye for unrestricted license; 20/70 in better eye with restrictions.
Yes, provided that the client has acuity of 20/40 through the telescope and passes the road test.
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?
6 years
In-person; if the client is eligible, renewal by internet, telephone, or mail is also available.
At in-person renewal.
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting

Legal protection
DMV follow-up

Other reporting
Any physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas may inform the Department
of Public Safety. This release of information is an exception to the patient-physician privilege. There is no special reporting form; a letter from the physician will suffice.
The driver is notified in writing of the referral and required to provide medical information from his/her personal physician.
Will accept information from courts, other DMVs, police, family members, and other sources.
Not anonymous or confidential. However, an attempt is made to protect the identity of the reporter. If the client requests an administrative hearing, the identity of the reporter may be revealed at that time.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB

MAB contact information
The MAB advises the Department of Public Safety on medical issues regarding individual drivers. The Department bases its actions on the recommendation of the physician who reviews the case.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Medical Advisory Board
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773
512 424-2344

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