Updated November 2020
So you need a driver’s license in Utah?
Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Utah DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.
What You’ll Need to Get your Utah DMV Driver License
You'll need the following documents to get your Utah driver's license:
- Proof of Identity and Legal/Lawful Status Verification
- Utah Residency/Mailing Verification if different than current Utah Driver License record (must provide two)
- Social Security Verification
- Proof of Driving Experience required for first Utah license
- Name Change documents (if applicable)
- Completed Driver License Application (Form DLD6a)
You may want to view this Document Checklist from the Department of Public Safety to ensure that your documents will be accepted
What You’ll Do to Get your Utah DMV Driver License
- Step 1: Study the Utah Driver Handbook and take online practice exams to prepare for the written test
- Step 2: Walk-in at any Driver License Office (optional: schedule an appointment!)
- Your photo will be taken
- Submit all the required documents
- Submit proof of driver education, or have a valid driver license from another state (which you will surrender upon application), or country, to avoid having to carry a learner permit for 90 days and completing the online Traffic Safety and Trends Exam
- Pay a nonrefundable fee of $52.00 if 21 and older; $39.00 for provisional (20 and under.)
- Step 3: Pass the eye (vision) test
- Step 4: Pass a written knowledge test and driving skills test - one or both may be required
- Step 5: After all requirements for a driver license have been successfully completed, you will receive a temporary license with photo on the same day. The completed driver license will then be mailed to you in approximately 8-10 weeks
Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Utah Driver License
- Non-citizens who have legal status in the U.S. will receive a Limited-Term Driver License, which has the following conditions:
- The license will expire on the date of expiration on your legal presence document, or in 8 years, whichever is sooner.
- If there is no expiration date, it will expire 1 year from the date it was issued
- You are allowed to take two (2) written knowledge tests in one (1) day. After three (3) attempts, you will be required to pay a second fee
- If you fail the driving skills test you will be expected to practice before taking another test. You may take only one (1) driving skills test in a day. Failure to pass the required tests in three (3) attempts will result in having to pay another fee
- All tests must be completed within six (6) months from the day you pay your fee. Any person may be asked to complete a driving skills test if the examiner feels the applicant’s ability to drive may be in question
- Faxed or photocopied documents will NOT be accepted for any kind of document. All documents provided to the Division will be imaged and stored in a secure database and will be returned to the applicant
- Non-English documents must be accompanied by a certified translation of the document. The translated document must be translated by one (1) of the division’s approved translators and the original and the translation are considered one (1) document for identification purposes
- Need a REAL ID? Then visit our Utah REAL ID page to find out what is required.
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