Driver licensing agency
contact information
Washington Department of Licensing
Driver Services
1125 Washington Street SE
PO Box 9020
Olympia, WA 98507-9020
360 902-3600
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity

Color vision requirement

Type of road test

Restricted licenses
Each eye with/without correction
Both eyes with/without correction
If one eye blind—other with/without correction
Absolute visual acuity minimum

Are bioptic telescopes allowed?

Visual fields

Visual field testing device

There is a requirement for new and professional drivers (not specified).
Standardized scoring using approved test routes at each licensing office.
Restricted licenses may be issued depending on the circumstances. Corrective lenses may be required to meet the minimum acuity, and the client may be restricted to daytime driving only based on an eye care practitioner’s report or after failing a night time driving test. If needed to compensate for visual or physical impairment, there may be equipment restrictions, route or distance restrictions, or geographic area limits.
20/40 in better eye for unrestricted license; 20/70 in better eye with restrictions.
Yes; training and testing are required.
110˚ in horizontal meridian, binocular and monocular.
Optec 1000; Keystone Telebinocular; Keystone DVS
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?

5 years
In-state renewals are in-person only. If out of state, the applicant can renew by mail once.
Only if warranted by results of vision, health, or medical screening.
Only if warranted by results of vision, health, or medical screening.
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting
Legal protection
DMV follow-up

Other reporting

Permitted but not required.
The DMV sends a letter to the driver with information detailing due process and action following any failure to respond.
Will accept information from courts, other DMVs, police, family members, and other competent sources. If in doubt, the reporting party may be required to establish his/her firsthand knowledge and standing for making a report.
Not anonymous or confidential.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB Washington does not retain a medical advisory board.

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