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myBMV > Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses > Obtaining A Learner's Permit > Vision Screening Vision Screening

You must pass Indiana's minimum vision standards to get a license or permit, even if you are renewing your existing license or permit. If you normally wear glasses while driving, you need to bring your glasses with you when you visit a license branch to get a new license or permit, or renew your license or permit.

If your visual ability does not meet state standards, you will be referred to an eye doctor for examination. You may return to the license branch with a statement from an eye doctor certifying that your vision has been corrected to meet the state standard. When you present a statement from an eye doctor, you will still be required to pass a vision screening at the branch.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, a Type B restriction will be placed on your driver's license.

The most common restrictions placed on a driver's license include:

  • B: driver must wear glasses or contact lenses when driving.
  • F: driver must use outside rearview mirrors when driving.
  • G: driver may drive only during daylight hours.

DRIVERS WHO READ WITHOUT GLASSES
Restriction Type Visual Ability
No restrictions Both eyes: 20/20 to 20/40
F restriction One eye: 20/20 to 20/40
Other eye: 20/50 to blind
DRIVERS WHO READ WITH GLASSES
Restriction Type Visual Ability
B plus F restrictions One eye: 20/20 to 20/40
Other eye: 20/50 to blind
B restriction One eye: 20/50
Other eye: 20/50
B plus F plus G restrictions  One eye: 20/50
Other eye: 20/70 to blind
B plus F plus G restrictions  One eye: 20/70
Other eye: 20/70

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