License changes for NY DMV

By Kelly McCarthy

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York state drivers will soon be able to renew their drivers licenses without setting foot inside a DMV, and licenses will be printed in black and white.

Plans to renew licenses online were put on hold last year because of safety concerns with the elimination of the eye exam portion.

An eye exam is required for license renewal, but now drivers have more options of where they can go to take the test.

DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala says the eye exams can soon be completed at a several locations, and the DMV is creating a complete vision registry for the public to access.

Fiala says these changes are meant to make it easier on drivers when it comes time to renew their license.

"So if an eye care professional or a pharmacy, or any AAA downstate will sign onto the registry so you in essence can go to any one of those locations, they will give you your eye test, they will key that into the registry, they give you a number and you can go home at the convenience and renew your drivers license (online)," Fiala said.

Fiala said New York drivers licenses will soon be printed in black and white.

The changes come with an effort to eliminate ID fraud in New York state. New black and white licenses will have additional security features and a vertical format for anyone younger than 21.

Fiala says the changes to black and white licenses could take place as soon as the end of this summer.

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