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Drivers License Guide

How To Get A Utah Driver's License (Step-by-Step Guide)

The follow information below is the Utah driver's education requirements you will need to follow in order to get your license.

Getting a License

As of July 1, 2012 anyone younger than 19 years of age in Utah must complete an approved driver's education program before being licensed to drive.

Persons over the age of 19 now may forgo driver's education provided they:

For your convenience the following how-to guide will be broken into segments noting the different requirements for drivers based on their age. Requirements for international drivers and new Utah residents can be viewed below in the sections International Drivers and New Utah Residents.

Step One: Getting a Learner's Permit

All unlicensed drivers, new to the state of Utah or otherwise, must first obtain a learner's permit before attempting the state road test. Learner's permits may be issued to all eligible, potential drivers over the age of 15.

To receive a learner's permit you must:

Notes: a parent or guardian must accompany and sign for persons under the age of 18.

You will have your photo taken during this part of the process so it may be a good idea to run a brush through your hair beforehand and practice that winning, "I'm getting my license" smile.

Learner Permit Entitlements and Restrictions:

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

If you are older than 18 years of age:

Step Two: The Driver's Education Process

Anyone younger than 19 years of age must complete an approved driver education program before being licensed to drive in the state of Utah.

Persons over the age of 19 may also wish to complete driver education as a preparation for the road or to avoid the necessity of waiting 90 days after being issued their permit to obtain a driver's license.

During driver education a student will be required to complete a classroom, home study, or online course as well as participate in 12 hours of in-car training. Six hours will be actual driving with an instructor, the other six will be observing another student drive.

Upon completion of the course, a student will receive a certificate and is eligible to take the final road test at either a Driver License Division office or with a third-party tester.

Note: The certificate of completion is not a license to drive!

Step Three: Take Online Test

Effective January 1st 2016

Any person getting a first time original license will be required to pass a 50 question online test before obtaining their license. It will be an open book exam regarding fatal crashes. They can find the information at https://secure.utah.gov/dlexams/. They must pass 100% BUT can take the test as many times as needed. The information will be in this year's Driver License handbook.

If you have finished all of the requirements necessary for you to obtain a Utah drivers license (drivers ed, testing, etc.), please be sure to complete the test BEFORE you go to the Driver License Division to pick up the license or you will be turned away.

Driver License Testing Amendments

Step Four: The Final Road Test

All potential Utah drivers who have not previously been licensed elsewhere, must complete a road test with either the State (at one of several Driver License Division offices) or with a State-approved third-party road tester.

While testing for general knowledge of road rules, speed limits, and safe driving, your tester will also have you complete the following five mandatory skill maneuvers:

  1. Backing in a straight line
  2. Parallel Parking
  3. U-Turn
  4. Three-Point Turn
  5. Hill Parking (may be uphill, downhill, or both)

Some things to remember while taking your test:

  1. Many people fail their test automatically by exhibiting one or more of the following bad habits:
    • Rolling Stops
    • Missing Head Checks (checking your blind spot when turning, changing lanes, etc.)
    • Speeding

    ...to name just a few.

  2. Be sure your tester properly explains the results of your test before signing it!
  3. Don't be afraid to ask the tester any questions you may have BEFORE starting the test. Once the test has begun they will not be able to answer any questions regarding speed limits, how to complete maneuvers, etc
  4. If you are testing in your own car, make sure you have working signals, head and taillights, brake lights, and are properly insured (link).
  5. Relax! It has been our experience that nerves account for as much as half of all failed tests. Take a minute to breath and get your jitters out before the test.

Upon completing a road test with a passing score, your tester will give you instructions on where and how to receive a temporary (paper) license until the official card comes in the mail.

Be safe out there!