Obtaining A VI Drivers License - Medical Exam Requirement?
From the vimovingcenter.com page regarding switching over your license...
"The second page is a medical form that must be completed by a physician.
The medical form includes your blood type and questions in a yes/no form. Questions include; do you have hearing problems, have you any mental conditions or been confined to an institution, do you have diabetes, have you ever had a stroke, do you have high blood pressure among other questions of a similar nature.
The second half of the medical form is a visual exam. It requires a visual acuity test without glasses and then with glasses if you wear them and a simple peripheral vision test. If you do not wear glasses but can not pass the visual acuity exam the doctor will indicate that it is necessary for you to get glasses and then retake the visual exam.
The physician must sign and stamp the form. The medical form can be completed at a walk in clinic or at an optometrist's office. The fee is generally $25-$60 for the brief eye exam depending on where you go to have it completed."
Does this mean we need to get a physical from a doctor before we are allowed a VI license? What if we do not have health insurance yet ??
To add to the question above... can we have our stateside doctors fill out those forms?
If I recall correctly.... if you are applying for a NEW drivers license (not renewal or transfer of a valid drivers license from another state) you have to have a Dr. do the medical form for you. A stateside Dr. would be acceptable to do that. If you are just going to transfer your license, you don't need to do that. But you DO need to know your blood type, and you DO need to have your current driving record as well as a valid stateside license to turn over. You also need other documentation which you can find here: VI Driver License Renewal
hmmm, i dont remember having to have a dr fill out that form?
I believe I went to the Doc-in-a-Box in Vitraco many years ago...
We went to the optometrist in the medical bldg. in Sunny Isle. People at the motor vehicle bureau suggested the sales lady at the office would fill out our medical questionaire. She happily did that for $25 and it was acceptable back at the Bureau! Truly weird but it did the job. Ha!
If you are just going to transfer your license, you don't need to do that. But you DO need to know your blood type, and you DO need to have your current driving record as well as a valid stateside license to turn over. You also need other documentation which you can find here: VI Driver License Renewal
I will be transferring my license so I went ahead and printed out my driving record weeks ago but just noticed there is a certified one you can get from the state - can anyone confirm if it has to be a certified driving record/history from the state or can it be the one you print out from the DMV?
Yes, the medical exam requirement is a farce. I went to Vision Center in Sunny Isle, filled out the form and paid my fee. The receptionist signed and stamped my form. I never saw a doctor. Its just one of those VI money grabs that you'll get used to.
The BMV here does not check your vision like Stateside. If you don't know your blood type, you need a blood test to determine it. I was told they need the info in case you're in an accident and need blood, though with current technology, should be less of a need to have it on your license.
I had my optometrist fill out the form, and he was reluctant to sign since he had not tested my blood.
Give me about 2 weeks and ill have all kinds of info for you ill be going through the process and let you know. I read the website and it was confusing.
If you have a valid stateside license and are just transferring, there are no medical forms to fill out. Your driving record from your state DMV is needed (does not need to be certified). Something to identify yourself (other than your stateside license), 2 forms of residential proof of address (lease agreement, WAPA bill, phone bill, etc.) not PO box. I didn't know my blood type, so it was left off the actual license (wasn't required), $67 bucks and a couple hours of your time.
Excellent! So I won't worry about having to find a doc for a med exam. Thanks for all the thorough responses and hope to hear back from dabbs in a couple weeks!
Also, be sure to bring cash, as sometimes the credit card/debit card machine is down. I had to borrow from someone I knew at the BMV last time I was there....luckily, they were there, because it was after I had completed my car registration. They had scraped my previous stickers off the car, but would not release the new ones until I paid!