Specsavers are acting as a sole partner, working with the DVLA to deliver drivers medical visual field and visual acuity testing.
We’ve been a family-run business for over 30 years, working together with our store partners to provide the best value optometry, audiology and other healthcare service for our customers. We are proud to be able to offer our professional optometry services to DVLA customers.
We understand you might be feeling a bit nervous about coming into store. So to make sure it’s always as safe as possible for our colleagues and customers, we’ve made some changes to our normal practices. For the duration of your fields test you will be required to wear a Type IIR fluid resistant surgical mask provided by Specsavers at no extra cost. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask please let us know when arranging your appointment. Click here for more details on how we’re keeping customers and colleagues safe it store.
What you need to know
If you are invited by the DVLA to have the required test, you will receive a letter from the Drivers Medical Group. This will have an ‘M Reference number’ which is unique to you and a DVLA case number. This M reference number should be used when making your appointment at Specsavers so that we can request the appropriate paperwork. You will have a limited time to book and attend an appointment so please arrange this as soon as possible after receiving your letter.
Tests are categorised into two – Group 1 and Group 2 tests. Group 1 drivers are those with an ordinary driving licence and Group 2 are vocational drivers (that is, drivers of large goods vehicles (LGVs) and passenger-carrying vehicles e.g buses).
The majority of tests will involve a visual acuity test and a visual fields test. There are many make and models of fields machines but only a few of them can perform the test specified by the DVLA to meet their requirements and the DVLA Specsavers stores all have the appropriate fields machines. Not all Specsavers stores can carry out the specific DVLA test. You should refer to your letter -only those stores with the DVLA approved field machine models will be shown as an option
How to book my DVLA test
If you have been referred to us by the DVLA for a driver’s visual field and acuity test, you will receive a letter with details of your nearest stores so that you can make an appointment. You will need your ‘M reference number’ to book an appointment.
Not all Specsavers stores can carry out the specific DVLA test. Only those stores with the DVLA approved field machine models will be shown as an option.
Due to social distancing restrictions we are encouraging people to attend their appointments alone where possible although we understand that some people may want to have another person to accompany them.
Please arrive as close to the exact time of your appointment as possible and wait at the door to be greeted
Upon arrival we will check your identification, this is standard practice for all DVLA tests (click here for a list of ID’s). Your DVLA paperwork will be ready and waiting for you. You should bring your DVLA letter with you, as stated. If you wear glasses, contact lenses or corrective lenses for driving you must also bring these with you on the day of the test. The test should last between 20-40 minutes depending on how many times you are asked to do the fields test.
You have been asked to bring your letter along with 1 form of photographic identification. An example of acceptable photo ID is:
- A photo card driving licence
- A valid passport
- Work or college ID
- Travel Pass
If you are unable to provide photographic identification you must instead bring with you a photograph of yourself signed by a suitable person from the examples listed below accompanied by a completed Evidence of Identity Declaration included with your letter. For example:
- Bank manager
- Police Office
- Professionally Qualified People (for example, teacher, lawyer or engineers)
- Minister of Religion
- Local Councillor, Members of Parliament, Assembly Members, Members of the Scottish Parliament or Members of the European Parliament
- Civil Servant
- Local Businesspeople or Shopkeepers
- Book your appointment as soon as possible
- Bring appropriate photographic identification
- Remember to bring glasses, contact lenses or corrective lenses for driving, if required
- Arrive as close to the exact time of your appointment as possible.
We will measure your visual acuity by asking you to read a normal letter chart. This is not a full eye examination, and will only take a couple of minutes.
You will be required to look into a screen where spots of light appear intermittently. You will need to indicate, by pressing a button, when you see the spots. The DVLA test is performed binocularly, using both eyes together and across a wider area.
The visual field test normally takes around 5 minutes to complete. You will be given some brief instructions and positioned at the machine. It is important that you ensure you are comfortable before the test starts, and please ask questions if you are uncertain about anything.
There may be occasions when you need to take the field test more than once. This is to give you every opportunity of performing as well as possible. There will be a break between each test but if you need more time to rest just let us know.
Specsavers cannot comment on the outcome of the test. Your paperwork will be returned to the DVLA and any licensing decision is made by the DVLA at their sole discretion.
There is one exception to this – if the visual acuities do not meet the minimum eyesight standards we will let you know so that you can take the necessary steps to meet the standard.
After the test you can continue to drive, unless instructed otherwise. The DVLA will write to you with a decision about your driving license, this may take a number of weeks.