Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022
With respect to conditions affecting
sensory function, the review boards when making recommendations, and the
department when taking licensing action, may consider conditions including, but
not limited to, the following:
The department may require
information on functional ability including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Visual acuity.
(b) Field of vision.
Licensing standards. No license may be issued to, renewed by, or held by a
person who does not meet the medical review standards for conditions affecting
sensory functions of this subsection.
(b) Corrective lenses. A person needing
corrective lenses to meet the standards in his section shall be restricted to
use of those lenses while driving. No person may use a bioptic telescopic or
similar lens in order to meet the visual acuity standards in this
for operator licenses. A person who applies for, renews, or holds an operator's
license shall meet all of the following criteria:
1. Visual acuity of at least 20/60 or better
in at least one eye, as assessed by a vision specialist.
2. A horizontal, temporal field of vision of
110 degrees or more from center.
Referral or evaluation. The department
shall refer a person for examination by a vision specialist as specified in
subds. 1 and 2 and shall restrict any license issued to a person having a
vision condition specified therein as follows:
1. If a person has uncorrected visual acuity
of less than 20/40 in each eye, but at least 20/50 in one eye, the department
shall refer the person to a vision specialist for examination and an advisory
recommendation. The person shall complete a driving evaluation if recommended
by the vision specialist. The person's license shall be assigned restrictions,
such as driving only during daylight hours based upon a recommendation from the
If a person
has horizontal, temporal field of vision of less than 110 degrees from center,
the person shall be referred to a vision specialist for an examination and an
advisory recommendation. The person shall complete a driving evaluation. The
person's license shall be restricted to driving with outside rear view mirrors
to compensate for the loss of field of vision. The person's license may be
subject to additional license restrictions, such as driving only during
daylight hours, but these additional restrictions may be waived based on a
recommendation from a vision specialist and a driving evaluation demonstrating
adequate compensation for the loss of field of vision.
Author: Lieutenant F. A. Bingham
Ala. Admin. Code r.
New Rule: Filed March 12,
1996; effective April 16, 1996.
Code of Ala.
1975, §§32 2 9, 32 6 13, as amended.