Utah Permit Requirements

Applicants for a Utah driver permit with Department of Public Safety should understand the permit requirements.  Make sure you have the met the DPS requirements and that you have the assembled the necessary documents.

When a resident of Utah reaches 15-years-old, he or she may apply for a learner permit. Utah features a graduated licensing process, and new drivers will be granted additional privileges at each stage along the licensing process.

To obtain a learner permit in Utah, a new driver must pass a written exam, as well as vision test and medical screening.  Additionally, a parent or guardian must sign the application showing that they are taking financial responsibility for the driver until they turn 18.  The permit has an expiration date of one year from the date of issue.

Documentation and Items Required to Apply for a Utah Permit

Applicants should first complete the standard learner permit application. http://publicsafety.utah.gov/dld/documents/DLD6AONLINEAPP1-14_005.pdf  Additional documents required to obtain a permit include:

  • Proof of birth with an original birth certificate or a valid US passport
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residency in the form of official mail in the name of a parent or guardian with who you reside.

Utah won't consider documents valid unless they are a certified copy. For example, a faxed birth certificate wouldn't qualify as proof of birth. If a new driver changed his or her name since the official document was printed, the legal documents detailing the name change must also accompany the required documentation.

Utah Permit Testing

After passing the eye exam, completing the medical questionnaire, and paying a fee of $15, teen drivers must take a written exam.  The knowledge test that features 50 questions about Utah driving rules. Test takers must get 40 questions correct, or 80 percent, to pass.

Utah Stages of Licenses

With the learner permit, the driver may drive only with their parent or an instructor riding with them in the front seat. 

Permit holders in Utah can progress to a regular license after turning 16 and holding the permit for at least 6 months.  Additionally to receive a license, the state requires its new drivers to complete at least 40 hours of driving practice, where 10 of those hours occur at night, while in the company of a qualified passenger.  Drivers under the age of 19 must also complete a state-approved driver education course in order to apply for a license.   Eligible driver education courses must have included at least 18 hours of classroom education and 6 hours each of observation and driving.

Utah Permit Restrictions

There are some restrictions associated with driving in Utah with a permit which are put in place to ensure teens aren't driving in difficult or unsafe conditions for an inexperienced driver.

Drivers younger than 17 years old may not drive between midnight and 5:00 AM unless the driver is commuting to work, the driver is going to school, or the driver works for a farm.

Additionally, new drivers with a learner permit may not drive with a passenger who isn't part of the driver's immediate family for the first 6 months, unless the passenger is above the age of 21 and is a licensed driver.