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Eye test halted for license renewal

New York State is dropping its requirement for vision tests to make it easier for drivers to renew licenses online or by mail.

Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala said in a statement Monday that the change is one of several stemming from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's call for state agencies to streamline.

Another change is a new Internet application, "MyDMV," which allows customers to set up personal online accounts to do business with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Starting Wednesday, drivers will "self-certify" that they meet the vision requirement when they renew.

New licenses and commercial licenses will still require eye tests at a DMV office or by a doctor.

Fiala said that vision testing wasn't required in New York from 1993-2000 and that six other states don't require eye tests for renewals.