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salim khan   02 October 2021

Driver's license

I'm a monocular vision person with vision in one eye by birth living in Bangalore Karnataka. I need help to get driver's license can someone please help me.


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Ria Goyal   03 October 2021

Hey! People with monocular vision can apply for a driving license. But you'll need to pass a couple of tests that will assess your visual activity.

These are the conditions that you'll have to satisfy to be eligible to apply for the license:

1. Visual activity in the better/remaining eye should be 6/12 or better

This done by way of a basic power test without spectacles.

2. Horizontal visual field as per the Goldman perimetry test should be 120 degrees or more

This test is done to detect patterns of the lost vision indicating specific disorders, record the level of peripheral vision, monitor course of visual field, record actual visual loss.

3. In case of an accident, 6 months should have been passed since the loss of vision so that the person has adapted. You are required to carry a valid certificate from any hospital where the initial treatment was done, which would be used as one of the references to conduct the test.

In your case, since this is by birth, you already fulfill the 3rd criteria.

These are the steps that you need to follow to obtain the license.

1. Get the learner license registration application form and go for the learner license registration test.

2. Ask the inspector to give his reference to the medical board for the tests mentioned above.

3. Make photocopies of the reference made on the application form.

4. Visit the Deam of the Ophthalmology Department of any government hospital for the tests aforementioned.

5. show the results of test to the Superintendent of the post office located within the hospital premises. Make sure to submit the photocopy of the learner license registration with a passport size photo. The Superintendent will then give you the letter of the Medical Board.

6. After getting the letter, get in touch with the Dean. He will write his observation on the basis of the tests and attest the report.

7. Next, approach the superintendent to get an appointment with the medical board. If they are convinced, they may authorise issuing the license. Here, authorisation will be required from the Dean and 2 members of the Board.

8. Get in touch with the same inpector in RTO who had contacted the Medical Board. He will link you with an officer in the RTO for a letter on monocular vision.

9. Post this, approach the post office in the premises of the RTO and get an authorisation from the team and RTO

10.RTO upon doing a physical verification with the inspector will ask about the eligibility on the basis of the medical report and write his observations on the letter. He will also request the inspector to give another letter based on the said medical report

11. On receiving a letter from the Inspector, you will have to get a new online application for the learner license registration and enclose the following documents:

a. Original Medical Board report

b. Application form entire set

c. Address proof

The documents should be presented and attested by:

a. The inspector

b. The member in the post office within premises and entry to be made on the books.

c. Superintendent

d. RTO’s PA

e. RTO’s signature

12. After getting the learner license registration, you will need to get trained in a car or two-wheeler or both as per your requirement. Later, file an application for the license and appear for the test on the date mentioned.

If you are able to pass the test on the basis of the RTO rules, then you will be able to get your driver's license.

minakshi bindhani   25 November 2021

As per your concerns!

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways advised the states to consider granting DL to persons with monocular vision. We will discuss the matter with concerned stakeholders and take the necessary steps.

As per the guidelines prescribed by the AIIMS experts, the applicant must obtain a certificate from a government ophthalmologist that the visual acuity in the eye is 6/12 or more, and the horizontal visual field should be 120ba or more. Besides, sufficient time of 6 months has been allowed after the loss of vision in the other eye for the person to adapt to the loss of the same, the letter said.

Section 8-(4) of the motor vehicles (MV) Act, 1988 prescribes stringent rules for unfit DL applicants. According to the section, if an applicant suffers from any disease or disability, his or her driving may cause danger to commuters. The section empowers the licensing authority to reject the application.

Hope it is useful!
Minakshi Bindhani

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