Hi! Yes, I went through this exact situation very recently! My renewal was due September 2010 on my birthday! The DMV is a lot stricter now when it comes to the vision test! My left eye can never pass the vision test. I haven't had to go into the DMV for yrs to renew, so that's why I had to go this time. Anyway, my left eye can't read the chart. Then, they took me to another vision machine, but I couldn't pass that with my left eye. They gave me a temporary license. They gave me a form, & my optometrist filled it out. I turned that in, & then I found out that I had to schedule my behind-the-wheel driving test! (I probably took it in 1985!) I got another temporary license until my test! (They did accept my $ when I first when into the DMV to renew!) Anyway, I looked up the DMV information online about their driving tests because there are these "critical errors" now that are automatic fails! (I have teenagers, & so do some of my co-workers. I had heard about the critical errors, so I was concerned that I might do something wrong!)
I passed with no problem! I even drove on the highway! She didn't put any restrictions on my license. It just says, as it always had, that I must wear corrective lenses! I only missed 2 points!
Hopefully, I won't have to go through this next time since I'm already in their system! So, you aren't the only one!