No More Eye Test for Driver's License Renewal in NY

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    New York is dropping its requirement for vision tests to make it easier for drivers to renew licenses online or by mail.

    Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala said in a statement Monday that the change is one of several stemming from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for streamlining by state agencies. Another change is a new Internet application, "MyDMV," which allows customers to set up personal online accounts to do business with DMV.

    Starting Wednesday, drivers will "self-certify" that they meet the vision requirement when they renew. New licenses and commercial licenses will still require eye tests at a DMV office or by a doctor.

    Fiala said vision testing wasn't required in New York from 1993-2000, and six other states don't require eye tests for renewals.