North Carolina

Driver licensing agency
contact information
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Division of Motor Vehicles
1100 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27697
919 715-7000
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity

Visual fields

Color vision requirement
Road test

Restricted licenses
Each/both eyes without correction
Each/both eyes with 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 road test; certain tasks must be completed to pass.
Restrictions include daytime driving only, speed restrictions, and no interstate driving.
20/30 or better
20/100; 20/70 if one eye is blind
No. However, the applicant can initiate a medical appeal process if so desired.
60˚ in one eye
Keystone; Stereo Optec 1000
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?
Drivers age 60 and older are not required to parallel park on their road test.
5 years
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting
Legal protection
DMV follow-up
Other reporting

Physicians are encouraged to report unsafe drivers.
North Carolina statutes protect the physician who reports an unsafe driver.
Driver is notified in writing of referral.
Will accept information from courts, other DMVs, police, family members, and other sources. Letters must be signed.
Not anonymous or confidential. The driver may request a copy of his/her records.
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB

MAB contact information
The MAB reviews all medical information that is submitted to the DMV and determines what action should be taken. These actions can be appealed.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
Medical Review Unit
3112 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27697
919 861-3809
Fax: 919 733-9569

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