Eyesight standards

WA drivers and riders must meet agreed vision standards. You may be required to have your eyesight tested.

  Eyesight standards and requirements

WA drivers and riders must meet agreed vision standards as described in the tables below.

If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses for driving and you have not previously notified Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), you are required to advise of your need to wear suitable visual aids (including contact lenses) whilst driving. Notification can be made via the Report a medical condition page and your driverís licence record will be updated accordingly.

Note: You are not required to notify DVS every time your prescription changes provided your corrected vision meets the required standard.

You may be required to have your eyesight tested when applying for:

  • An authority to drive or ride vehicles of another class.
  • An extraordinary licence application.
  • The grant of a driver's licence where a previous licence was cancelled, and
  • The grant of a driver's licence that has expired by more than six months.

You are required to read a Snellen chart from the top line down, first with one eye covered and then with the other, and lastly with both eyes uncovered. More than two errors in reading the letters of any line is regarded as a failure to read that line.

If you meet the agreed vision standards with corrective lenses, your driver's licence will have a condition applied to it that states that you must wear those corrective lenses when driving or riding.

What to do if your eyesight improves

If you no longer need to wear corrective lenses, your health professional (i.e. doctor, optometrist or ophthalmologist) will need complete a visual acuity assessment to confirm that you no longer need visual aids whilst driving.

Your health professional will need to forward the results of your assessment to DoT in writing. The letter must include details of your latest visual acuity readings (as per the Snellen chart) and should refer to the class or classes of vehicle you intend to drive.

The letter can be emailed to the address below or posted to: GPO Box R1290, Perth 6844 WA. You can then find out the status of your application by calling DoT on 13 11 56.

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
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  Commercial vehicle drivers or riders

Heavy vehicle drivers (class MR and above)

  • Vision test on initial application, and when applying for an additional class; then annually from 80 years of age.
  • Better eye at least 6/9 and worse eye at least 6/18.

Public passenger vehicle drivers or riders: F (bus) and T (taxi) extension applicants

  • Vision test on initial application, and when applying for an additional class; then every five years until age 45 years, and
  • Then every two years until age 65, and
  • Then annually from age 65.

Dangerous goods vehicle drivers

  • Vision test on initial application, then every three years.

Driving instructors

  • Vision test on initial application and when applying for an additional class; then every five years until age 45 years, and
  • Then every two years until age 65 years, and
  • Then annually from age 65.

In all cases, minimum vision standard

  • Better eye at least 6/9 and worse eye at least 6/18.

In all cases, if the minimum vision standard is not met

  • Eyesight must be retested by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
  • A report must be supplied to Driver and Vehicle Services certifying that your vision meets the required standard.

Note:

Applicants who must be assessed using the commercial standards who only have one eye will be referred to an optometrist/ophthalmologist for assessment.

  Private vehicle drivers or riders

Vision test requirement

  • All drivers or riders on initial application; then annually from 80 years of age.

Minimum vision standard

  • With one eye or both eyes at least 6/12.

If minimum vision standard is not met

  • Eyesight must be retested by a health professional, ophthalmologist or optometrist. A report must be supplied to Driver and Vehicle Services certifying that your vision meets the required standard.
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