General Vision Exemption Package
FMCSA’s Vision Standard final rule is effective March 22, 2022 (87 FR 3390). The new alternative vision standard replaces the current vision exemption program as a basis for determining the physical qualification of drivers who cannot otherwise meet the vision standard. Effective immediately FMCSA will not process any requests for exemption under the previous vision exemption program and has removed the Federal Vision Exemption Application Packages from its website.
The effective date of the final rule is March 22, 2022. Therefore, on March 22, 2022, individuals with monocular vision that would have previously sought a Federal vision exemption must follow the provisions adopted in the final rule to be physically qualified by medical examiners. For more information on the Qualification of Drivers; Vision Standard final rule please visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/federal-register-documents/2022-01021.
Please note that a copy of the Vision Evaluation Report, Form MCSA–5871 will be posted on the FMCSA website by March 22, 2022 for use and can be located at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/medical/driver-medical-requirements/medical-applications-and-forms.