Eyesight Test

When You Need Eyesight Test

To be licensed to drive a motor vehicle, you must be able to see well enough to do so safely. You must pass an eyesight test when you apply for a driver’s license from Transport for NSW. If you are renewing a driver’s license, you may be tested depending on your age and license class.

  • You must pass an eyesight test before receiving a license for the first time.
  • You must pass an eye test every five years once you reach the age of 45.
  • In order to upgrade your license to a higher class, you must pass an eyesight test.
  • It is also mandatory when applying for a driver’s license that lasts for 10 years.

If you are applying for the first time with a vision condition, you must have an eyesight report from an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Glasses And Contact Lenses

When you first get glasses or contact lenses, the authorities may require you to take an eyesight test again. You will need to take an eyesight test if your vision changes and you no longer need glasses or contact lenses.


Glaucoma, which involves damage to the optic nerve, is a disease that can lead to poor peripheral vision. People over the age of 40 are most likely to be affected by glaucoma. If you experience difficulty viewing objects at a distance, you may want to see a health professional. Once you have glaucoma, you must report it to Transport for NSW or a service center. If you do not report it, you could be fined.

Eyesight Test Affect on License

If you use glasses or contact lenses to pass the eye test, you will be issued a license with a condition for that impairment. A license condition may be added if your ophthalmologist or optometrist provides a certificate. You must follow specific conditions on your license or regulations when driving or riding.

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