Utah Department of Public Safety

Driver License Division - Utah Learner Permit

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You may obtain your learner permit to drive if you are at least 15 years of age.  You will be required to:

  • Appear at a driver license office;
  • Complete the learner permit application (you can fill out and print the application ahead of time online and bring with you, or you can schedule an appointment for your visit to avoid waiting in line at the office);
  • Photo will be taken;
  • Provide proof of birth, full social security number and residence.  If age 18 and under, proof of residence can be mail sent to your parent/legal guardian. Visit Documentation Needed page for what is acceptable proof of documentation;
  • Pass the 50 question written test;
  • Pass the eye test;
  • Complete the medical questionnaire;
  • Parent/legal guardian must sign for financial responsibility; and
  • Submit a nonrefundable fee of $15.00

 


The learner permit entitles an applicant that is younger than 18 years of age to operate a regular motor vehicle only if:

  • An approved driving instructor, parent or legal guardian who is licensed, is occupying the seat beside the applicant;
  • The responsible adult who signed for financial responsibility, who is a licensed driver, is occupying the seat beside the applicant;
  • Allows for other passengers in the vehicle; and
  • Learner permit must be in the applicant's immediate possession

If an applicant is 17 years of age or younger when they apply for their learner permit, they must hold a Utah learner permit for six months before being able to apply for a driver license.  However, if the applicant turns 18 during the holding period, they may apply for their driver license upon turning 18.  And the six-month learner permit holding requirement does not apply to an applicant who is age 18 or older at the time of application for the learner permit.  If age 19 and you do not wish to hold the learner permit for 90 days, you can complete a driver education course and obtain your Utah driver license, however, you must obtain a learner permit before enrolling in a driver education course.

 

Learner permits issued from a state other than Utah cannot be used to meet the six month learner permit holding requirement.

 

You must have a learner permit before taking a driver education course. A driver education course is required to obtain your Utah driver license for anyone 18 years of age and younger.

 

 


The learner permit entitles an applicant that is older than 18 years of age to operate a regular motor vehicle only if:

  • A person 21 years of age or older, who must be a licensed driver, is occupying the seat beside the applicant; and
  • Learner permit must be in the applicant's immediate possession

 


If you are age 19 and older, driver education is not required to obtain a Utah driver license:

If you have never been licensed anywhere and you are age 19 and older, you will be required to hold a learner permit for 90 days and complete 40 hours of practice driving (10 at night.) Process to obtain a learner permit:

  • Appear at a driver license office;
  • Complete the learner permit application (you can fill out and print the application ahead of time online and bring with you, or you can schedule an appointment for your visit to avoid waiting in line at the office);
  • Photo will be taken;
  • Provide proof of birth, full social security number and residence. Visit Documentation Needed page for what is acceptable proof;
  • Pass the 50 question written test;
  • Pass the eye test;
  • Complete the medical questionnaire; and
  • Submit a nonrefundable fee of $15.00

 


 

The $15.00 fee for the learner permit entitles the applicant to not more than three attempts to pass the written test within one year.  After 3 failures, applicant will be required to pay an additional fee. You may renew a learner permit by paying a $15.00 renewal fee and completing the application process again. However, all documentation you furnished for your original learner permit is on file and is not required to obtain a renewal or duplicate learner permit.

 

Get your newly released copy of the 40-Hour Parent / Teen Driving Guide used to assist the parent with the teen driving experience (print in PDF or visit any office to pick up a printed spiral bound copy)

[Last Update - Wednesday, 08-Jan-2014 14:35:38 MST]