Utah DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re getting ready to apply for your Utah driver’s license and learner’s permit, then it only stands to reason you’d be concerned with passing your written knowledge test. Obtain a copy of the Utah Driver’s Handbook and study it from cover to cover, as it contains all of the information you’ll be tested on. You may also want to increase your chances of passing by adding a good practice test to your study routine. Last but not least, feel free to peruse the following FAQ for a better idea of what you can expect from the application process on the whole.
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How old do I need to be before I can qualify for my Utah driver’s license?
Although age requirements do differ from state to state, Utah requires new drivers to be at least 15 years of age before they can apply for their Utah learner’s permit. Once you have your learner’s permit in hand, you can begin the process of learning how to drive (while supervised, of course).
I’m of age and planning to apply for my permit soon. What documents do I need to bring with me?
When you arrive to apply for your Utah state driving privileges, you will need to bring documentation that proves basic information. The necessary documents include:
  • Government-recognized proof of your identity and legal presence in the United States. Good examples include certified copies of your birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, or a valid United States passport.
  • Proof of your social security number, like a copy of your social security card or a tax document.
  • Proof of your residency in Utah. Most people bring a utility bill, a rental agreement, school records, or bank statements.
If you are uncertain as to whether or not a given document will be acceptable, you should contact your nearest DMV field office beforehand to check. This will save you the trouble of waiting in line only to be turned away for not having the right papers with you.
If I’m under 18, do I need to bring my parents with me to apply for my permit?
Yes. If you are underage, your parent or legal guardian will need to give their consent by signing your application. This should be done in person in front of a DMV rep.
Will I need to pass a physical before I will be approved for my Utah driver’s license?
Some states require drivers to take and pass a full physical before they can be approved for driver’s privileges. Utah does not require this. However, you will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire, as well as pass a vision test to make sure you’re road safe. If there are any issues with your vision or your answers to the questionnaire, you may be asked to visit a medical professional and return at a later date with the doctor’s report in hand.
Once I have my permit, how long do I have to wait before I can apply for my actual license?
If you are 17 years old or younger, you will need to hold your learner’s permit for a minimum of 6 months before you can apply for your actual license. You will also be required to complete a DMV-approved driver’s education course. If you are 18 years old, the six-month holding period still applies, but you do not have to take driver’s education. New drivers 19 years old or older must hold their permit for a minimum of 90 days. However, if you do not wish to wait this long, you can elect to complete a driver’s education course and get your license that way. All applicants must also complete a total of 40 hours of behind-the-wheel, supervised driving practice. At least 10 of those hours should be completed at night.
I’m new to Utah. How do I have my out-of-state driving privileges transferred?
If you have recently become a Utah resident, then it’s important to note that the state does not allow you a grace period when it comes to transferring your license. You are expected to begin the process right away. In order to do this, visit a Utah DMV field office in person and do the following.
  • Fill out and submit an application.
  • Present your out-of-state license (or proof that you’ve successfully completed driver’s education if you are not yet officially licensed). If you are unable to present either of these things, you will be required to apply for a learner’s permit instead.
  • Present government-recognized proof of your social security number and identity.
  • Present two documents that prove your residency in Utah.
  • You will also be required to pass both a vision test to make sure you’re road safe and a written knowledge test to make sure you properly understand Utah road law. You will also have your photo taken, as well as be required to pay the $25 licensing fee Utah has in place. Most people do not have to take and pass a road test. However, it’s important that you come prepared to do so if it’s deemed necessary.
    Once I have my restricted junior’s license, what limitations should I be aware of?
    If you are a licensed driver 17 years of age or younger, you are not allowed to operate any motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5AM. However, exceptions could be made in the following cases:
    • You are accompanied by another licensed driver that is at least 21 years old.
    • You are driving for reasons related to your job, your school responsibilities, or farming/agriculture.
    • You are driving because it’s an emergency.
    You also are not allowed to drive with additional passengers in your car unless they’re members of your immediate family. (Once you’ve had your license for 6 months, this restriction is lifted.) Again, exceptions can be made if you’re accompanied by a 21-year-old licensed driver, it’s an emergency, or you’re driving for agriculture or farming reasons. You also no longer need to worry about passenger restrictions once you turn 18.
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