Driver licensing agency
contact information
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
301 729-4550 or
800 950-1682
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity

Visual fields

Color vision requirement
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?

Minimum field requirement

Visual field testing device

Only for commercial drivers
Restrictions include daytime driving only and required outside mirrors for low vision drivers.
20/70 in better eye for restricted license; 20/70-20/100 in better eye requires special permission from medical advisory board.
Yes, with visual acuity of 20/70 through telescope and 20/100 through carrier lens. Restrictions include daytime driving only and required outside mirrors.
Continuous field of vision at least 140˚ for unrestricted license; 110˚ for restricted license.
Stereo Optical Optec 1000 vision screener
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?
Medical report required for new drivers age 70 and older.
5 years
Yes (visual acuity and visual fields)
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting

Legal protection

DMV follow-up

Other reporting
Maryland law provides for the discretionary reporting to the Motor Vehicle Administration of persons who have “disorders characterized by lapses of consciousness.”
A civil or criminal action may not be brought against any person who makes a report to the Medical Advisory Board and who does not violate any confidential or privileged relationship conferred by law.
Driver is notified in writing of referral. License is suspended and further examination is required.
Will accept information from courts, other DMVs, police, family members, and other sources.
Confidentiality available if requested by reporter.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB

MAB contact information
The MAB advises the Motor Vehicle Administration on medical issues regarding individual drivers. Actions are based on the recommendation of the majority and/or specialist.
Ms. Nancy Snowden
410 768-7513

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