Driver licensing agency
contact information
Michigan Department of State
7707 Rickle Road
Lansing, MI 48918
517 322-1460
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 with/without correction
Absolute visual acuity minimum

Are bioptic telescopes allowed?
Minimum field requirement

Visual field testing device
Standardized course and requirements
Restrictions are based on review of medical input and reexamination testing. Examples include radius limitations, daylight-only driving, and no expressway driving.
20/40 to and including 20/50
Minimum of 20/70 in better eye
with daylight-only restriction; minimum of 20/60 if progressive abnormalities or disease of the eye exist.
Yes. A road test is required.
110˚-140˚ in both eyes; if less than 110˚ to/including 90˚, there are additional conditions and requirements.
Not specified
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?

4 years
Mail-in every other cycle, if free of convictions.
Yes, if license has been expired more than 4 years.
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting

Legal protection
DMV follow-up

Other reporting

Physicians are encouraged to report unsafe drivers. They may do so by completing a “Request for Driver Evaluation” form (OC-88). This form can be downloaded from the Michigan Department of State Web site.
The driver is notified in writing of the referral. The notification includes a notice of date, time, and location of driver reexamination as well as any medical statements to be completed by the driver’s doctor.
The Department accepts referrals for reexamination from family, police, public officials, and others who have knowledge of a driver's inability to drive safely or health concerns that may affect his/her driving ability.
Reporting is not anonymous. However, the Department will release the name of the reporter only if he/she is a public official (eg, police, judge, state employee). The names of non-public official reporters will be released only under court order.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB

MAB contact information
The MAB advises the Department of State on medical issues regarding individual drivers. Actions are based on the recommendation of specialists.
For additional information, contact the Driver Assessment Office at 517 241-6840.

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