Niagara, Orleans County Clerks Issue Reminder to Drivers about Vision Tests

Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski and Orleans County Clerk Nadine P. Hanlon today announced that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has begun sending out driver’s license suspension notices to the 95,000 motorists who renewed their license between 3/1/2020 and 8/31/2021 by self-certifying their vision but have failed to submit the results.

“During the pandemic, New York allowed drivers with expiring licenses to renew them online without the eye exam as DMV offices were shut down,” said Jastrzemski.  “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.”

The two county clerks said the fastest and easiest way to comply is to visit a local DMV office where a person can have their vision checked free of charge and DMV employees will handle submitting the results to the state.  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

“The state DMV will begin suspending driver’s licenses on December 1, so time is quickly running out on those who have not yet complied,” said Hanlon.  “Whether you visit a DMV office or choose a different path to get your vision checked, the important thing is not to delay and get it done.”