States that allow legally blind to drive???
Posted by Alien VFR on 11/23/2008 at 2:33 AM
Can anyone provide a list of the states that allow a legally blind person to obtain a drivers' license?
Thank you for any helpful replies.
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Re:States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by amanda881 on 12/3/2008 at 11:12 AM
I saw your question and searched online. I did come up with one article that says that there are 34 states to allow it.
You also might try this site which is NOT part of the government, but has a lot of resources.
Re:States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by magreggs on 12/16/2008 at 1:46 AM
You have to be aware of what each state defines as "legally blind."
If you have 20/200 or worse in BOTH eyes, and it cannot be corrected in any way, no state in the US will allow you to drive. If you can correct your vision to 20/200 or better in one eye, I know of three states will allow you to drive: Connecticut, Virginia, and Kentucky. Those states restrict "legally blind" drivers to daylight hours only and to a certain radius from the person's home, and as in the article below, there are 34 states in this group.
However, most states require a correction of 20/60 or better with a 100 degree horizontal view for a limited-restricted license. A limited number allow license for 20/100 or better, without telescopic lenses, for highly restricted licenses.
Also, you CANNOT simply go to a state that would accept your eyesight, get a license, and go back home. Whatever the standards are in your state, those are the standards for a license that you need to follow. If you get a license in Kentucky, which allows 20/200 vision with correction, and then move to Wyoming, which requires correction to 20/100, you wouldn't be able to drive any longer. So unless you are planning to move to a state that fits within your eyesight limits, check with your local DMV about requirements.
Re:States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by azlatina on 1/17/2009 at 12:16 AM
I live in Arizona and I drive but only during the day. I am 20/200 but I have driving glasses that gets me to 20/40. I am blind in my other eye. the cool thing about Arizona is that you renew your license every 35 years so the next time for me to renew my driver's license is when I am 65 years old, I am never moving out of Arizona. However, if or when my vision gets worse I will not risk my life just to drive.
Re:States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by StarryEyed on 10/6/2009 at 9:58 PM
Click on licensing policies & procedures. This is the best resource I have found.
Re:States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by ROCKMART20 on 7/5/2010 at 8:46 PM
I DONT THINK THE STATE OF GA LETS LEGALLY BLIND DRIVE BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN LEGALLT BLIND FOR 5YRS AND I DONT HAVE A DRIVER LICENSE IAM 20 YRS OLD AND THE ONLY THING I HAVENT DONE IS DRIVE AND THATS SOMETHING THAT I REALLY WANT TO DO MY TEENAGE YRS HAVE BEEN MISERABLE I HAVE BEEN CALL NAMES PICKED ON AND IT IS DRIVING ME CRAZY I HAVE TWO BOYS AND IAM A SINGLE PARENT AND I STRUGGLE EVERYDAY BECAUSE I KNOW IM BLIND AND IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I WONT BE ABLE TO TAKE THEM PLACES OR DO THINGS FOR THEM IAM TOO YOUNG TO FEEL THIS WAY I WAKE UP EVERYDAY WONDERING WHEN WILL IT ALL CHANGE ALL I WANT TO DO IS DRIVE SO I CAN TAKE CARE OF MY FAMILY
Re:States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by bedwards on 11/19/2010 at 9:59 PM
Rockmart20...I would like to talk to you.I have a 22 year old blind son who has a son who he is seeking custody..Please email me...Belinda
Re: States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by kshawn101 on 10/21/2012 at 7:00 PM
I am in the same position you are I am 21 and I have a son and its thing that I won't to do and can't
Re: States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by celinefan on 4/19/2013 at 8:15 PM
Check out www. biopticdrivingusa.com click statelaws tab for information and driving
Re: States that allow legally blind to drive???Posted by anjobacarisas on 6/3/2013 at 8:12 AM
I looked for articles online. I haven't found anything that can be useful. However, I have noticed that in Virginia they have built a car that allows blind people take the wheel. It makes me think that: "Hey! This is a good start." Here's the link to the article: http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/innovation/2009-07-27-...
On the other hand, you can also check this website hoping you could find additional information: http://www.dmv.com/
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