Driver License FAQ

I have my permit, now what?

For everyone under the age of 19, the state requires a driver’s ed course like the one offered here before you are eligible to get your driver’s license.

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I do not have my permit, can I start your course?

Yes. You can get started on the book work portion of the home study course at any time. In fact, the subjects covered in the course will help you on the learner’s permit test you will take at the Drivers License Division. We just ask for a $100 deposit for the books, the rest of the tuition to be paid in full by your first behind-the-wheel training.

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How long will it take?

Once you get started on our course the average student takes about 9 days to finish. This can vary depending on your availability and current enrollment.

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Home much is it? Are there any extra costs?

We charge a flat rate of $425 for our home study course. There may be additional charges if you choose to take a private road test upon completion of our course, and there is a licensing fee charged by the state for the amount of $30.

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What is included in the price?

Included in the $425 is; a home study packet, 4 driver training sessions (3 hours each), and a practice road test.

Note: the driver training sessions break down to 4- 3 hour sessions during which the student will observe for 1.5 hours and drive for 1.5 hours– meeting the State of Utah’s requirements of 6 hours driving/6 hours observing.

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What is the private road test, why should I consider it?

A private road test is a way to circumvent the potential long lines and long waits at the Drivers License Division. Students that choose to take a private road test will be taken to a certified state tester on their final drive for their test then picked up again upon completion.

We offer this service at no extra charge but the test has its own charge of $30.

Note: occasionally there are scheduling conflicts, the above does not constitute a guarantee of service.

You may also choose to take your final road test with any state certified tester (that is not employed by Independent Driving School) upon completion of the course. Prices vary by tester/location.

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How long will the home study workbook take me?

The State of Utah has rated our workbook as the equivalent of 30 hours of classroom training. The workbook consists of 15 lessons in 63 pages and is accompanied by theĀ Utah driver handbook.

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What hours do you have available for drives?

During the school year, we drive Monday-Friday, with a session starting at or around 3 pm and another around 7 pm.

Summer hours vary with sessions starting at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm.

Saturday sessions are also available per the availability.

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What kind of a car will I learn in?

Independent Driving School uses fully-loaded, leather interior Volkswagen Jettas and Ford Fusions. With a spacious backseat and an enjoyable drive upfront, it won’t matter if you’re just taking a test, driving, or observing you’re sure to be comfortable in one of our cars.

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Do you teach manual transmission?

Independent driving school does not offer instruction on manual transmission cars.

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I need my license SOON, what can I do?

The absolute fastest you would be able to obtain a license is 7 days, assuming you are able to complete the workbook in that time, and schedule permitting. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.

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I’m 19 or older, do I have to go to driver’s ed?

The short answer is no, you do not. Those looking to obtain a Utah driver’s license who are over the age of 19 have two options.

  • Option 1Obtain and hold a Utah learner’s permit for three months, complete a total of 40 hours of practice driving with a licensed adult and pass the final road test.
  • Option 2Obtain a Utah learner’s permit, attend a driver’s education program like the one offered at Independent Driving School, complete a total of 40 hours of practice driving with a licensed adult, and pass the final road test. Option 2 allows you to bypass the required three month waiting period of Option 1.

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Do you offer testing?

Yes, we offer the final state road test out of our Orem location.

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How much is it?

We charge $60, $10 cash discount

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What will I need to bring with me to the test?

You will need to bring with you a current Utah learners permit or no-privilege card (with accompanying license), and your glasses or contacts should you have a restriction.

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What will be covered on the test?

You can expect to be tested on the following during a state road test:

  • U-turn
  • 3-pt turn
  • Parallel Parking
  • Hill Parking
  • Backing
  • Lane Changes
  • Left and Right Turns
  • Following the rules of the road
  • Habits (signaling, checking your blind, speed, etc.)

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Will the tester ever try to trick me?

No, never.

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How long does a test take?

Start to finish the entire process takes 15-20 minutes.

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What happens after I take my test?

In the event that you pass:

You will be given your test results to take to the Driver License Division. There, you will be asked to fill out an application for a driver’s license, pay the licensing fee of $30, and be issued a temporary license until the card comes in the mail.

In the event you do not pass:

You can take retake a driving test with any state certified road tester, us, private, or at the Driver License Division, after a mandatory 24 hour wait period.

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If you have any other questions, feel free to call us at 801-636-0542