Utah Department of Public Safety

Driver License Division - Information Regarding Vision, Written and Driving Skills Tests


  • The division requires 20/40 vision and peripheral fields (side vision) of 120 degrees in at least one eye to pass the vision test. If you fail to meet this standard with or without glasses, you will be required to get a statement from your eye doctor. The statement must be presented before your application can be completed. It should indicate specific vision problems and suggested restrictions, if any. A vision test is required on all original, lapsed, duplicate, and renewal licenses. Everyone aged 65 and older is required to pass a vision examination every five years.


  • The written knowledge test will be questions based upon information in the Utah Driver Handbook.  The questions will be related to your specific written test or tests for the required license and/or endorsements.  You are allowed to take two written tests in one day.  After three failures, you will be required to pay a second fee.


  • The examiner may require you to demonstrate your driving ability. If so, you must provide the vehicle to be used. It must be properly registered and comply with vehicle safety laws, including functioning safety belts. The vehicle may be rejected if its condition could cause harm to the examiner's person or clothes. The applicant and the examiner are the only occupants allowed in the vehicle during the road test. In addition to road rules and regulations, you will be judged on the use of proper driving techniques and other important elements of safe driving, such as your general behavior and attitude. During the road test, you will not be asked to do anything that is against the law.

    The following is a partial list of items on which you may be judged during the test:

    • Driving posture
    • Proper use of lanes
    • Left and right turns
    • Starting and stopping
    • Parking on hills and between cars
    • Observance of traffic signs and signals
    • Backing
    • U-turns
    • Steering coordination
    • Attention at intersections

If you fail the road test you will be expected to practice before taking another test. You may take only one road test in a day. The failure to pass the required tests in three attempts will result in having to pay another fee.

All tests must be completed within six months from the day you pay your fee. Any person may be asked to complete a road test if the examiner feels the applicant's ability to drive may be in question.

[Last Update - Tuesday, 06-Aug-2013 13:59:49 MDT]