Regulation

Legally Blind Man Gets Driver's License

Lost most of his vision and stopped driving years ago but DMV keeps renewing

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Have you heard the one about the blind man who walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Monica, took an eye test and left with a new driver's license?

OK, that's not 100% accurate. He didn't walk out with his new license; it arrived in the mail two weeks later.

The man, 72-year-old Mark Overland of Pacific Palisades, is legally blind, with 94% of his vision gone. When Overland first told me about his adventure, he said he didn't want anyone at the DMV to lose a job over this. But he felt like it was worth speaking up.