North Carolina Bioptic Laws 

Bioptic telescopes are allowed. Drivers Must:

  1. Demonstrate a visual acuity of at least 20/200 in one or both eyes and a field of 70 degrees horizontal vision with or without corrective carrier lenses, or if the person has vision in one eye only, the person demonstrates a field of at least 40 degrees temporal and 30 degrees nasal horizontal vision.


  1. To drive during daylight hours only, the driver must see 20/70 or better through the bioptic telescope(s).


  1. To also drive at night, the driver must see 20/40 or better through the bioptic telescope(s) and have a note from their optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that the applicant has adequate vision to safely drive at night.


  1. The driver must successfully complete a behind-the-wheel training and assessment program prescribed by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  (This requirement is waved for applicants who have already completed a a behind-the-wheel training and assessment program as a condition of licensure in another state).


  1. Pass a road test.  (This requirement is waved for new residents currently licensed in another state that requires a road test).


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