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Submitted by the Niagara County Public Information Office
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski on Tuesday reminded drivers who renewed their license between March 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021, by self-certifying their vision but have failed to submit the results of a vision test to the Department of Motor Vehicles that they face suspension of their license. Drivers who fall into this category should have received a letter from the state DMV.
“During the pandemic, New York allowed drivers with expiring licenses to renew them online without the eye exam as DMV offices were shut down,” Jastrzemski said. “However, there was still a requirement that these drivers would have to submit a vision test to DMV at a later date. We are now at the point that those who have failed to do so are facing imminent license suspension.”
Jastrzemski said that, in order to comply, a person can visit any of Niagara County’s three DMV offices free of charge to have their vision tested. Alternatively, a person may be tested by an approved provider, and the provider will submit the results to the DMV.
If you pass a test from a provider not approved by the DMV, the provider must complete a vision test report and you must submit it.
Submissions to DMV can be made electronically or by mail. All the information, instructions, list of approved providers and submission link/mailing address can be found at https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/vision-information.
“There are many ways for drivers who self-certified their vision a couple of years ago to comply with the vision test requirement, but the important thing is if you received a letter from the DMV, do not delay any longer and get it done,” Jastrzemski said.