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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Utah

A drivers license or learners permit is required of all Utah residents who want to legally operate motor vehicles on public roads within the state. To get drivers licenses, applicants must visit the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and submit the needed documentation and payment. The drivers license application process also requires you to pass a series of exams.

Did you know? More than 70 percent of the drivers license applicants are not fully prepared for the written knowledge exam and fail it on their first try. Get prepared with our extensive online driving practice tests.

How to Apply for a Utah Driver's License:

  • Visit a UT DMV location.
  • Provide the required documentation.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass the written and road tests.
  • Get your photo taken.
  • Pay the UT drivers license fees.

For more information about how to get a drivers license in Utah, continue reviewing the sections below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Utah

Utah drivers license applicants need to know which type of driving license they need before applying. Here are the various types of drivers licenses in Utah:

  • Class A, B or C commercial drivers license (CDL) - issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles.
  • Class D drivers license - issued to drivers who operate non-commercial motor vehicles.
  • Class M motorcycle license - issued to drivers who operate motorcycles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Utah

Part of the first step to get a drivers license in Utah requires future drivers to apply for a learners permit, To get a learners permit, you must be ready to present select documents, as well as pass the appropriate exams and pay any applicable fees.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Utah New Drivers (Over 18)

All new drivers license applicants must take a written knowledge test in order to get a full Utah drivers license.

UT Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

State drivers license applicants can prepare for the written knowledge test by studying the Utah Drivers License Handbook. In addition to the handbook, take our Utah DMV practice tests to gauge your knowledge. These practice tests contain questions similar to those on the official knowledge test and cover topics such as road rules and traffic signs.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in UT

Utah drivers license hopefuls must pass a series of DMV license exams. They must also provide payment for the applicable fee as well as the following documentation when visiting a nearby DMV office:

  • Proof of identity and verification of lawful status.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Utah residency.
  • Proof of driving experience, for first-time applicants.

UT Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Utah residents may apply for drivers licenses as soon as they are 15 years of age.

However, at this age they will only be able to get a drivers permit. Drivers who want to get a full unrestricted license to drive need to fulfill requirements such as:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel experience (10 hours at night).
  • Hold a learners permit for either six months (if younger than 18 years of age) or 90 days (if 18 years of age or older).
  • Pass a traffic safety and trends exam with 100 percent correct answers.

UT Written/Driving Test

Utah residents can receive a UT DMV drivers license only after they pass the written knowledge test. The written driving license test examines your knowledge on road signs and regulations. The questions are taken from the Utah Driver License Handbook and refer to topics such as: safe driving practices, traffic laws and license sanctions.

Note: You can take two written tests per day.

UT Driving Test

The UT driving skills test is part of the application process for getting a drivers license. Future drivers will be evaluated on maneuvers such as:

  • Using proper driving techniques.
  • Showing good behavior and attitude.
  • Proper usage of lanes, intersections and driving posture.
  • Using left and right turns.
  • Starting and stopping the vehicle.
  • Parking and backing the vehicle.
  • Observing and obeying traffic signs and signals.
  • Operating the vehicle safely.

During the driving skills test, the drivers license applicant and the examiner are the only people allowed in the vehicle. The UT DMV requires test-takers to register their vehicle before the exam and make sure that it follows state safety laws.

New Utah Resident

New Utah residents can begin a drivers license application process immediately after they move to Utah, if they want to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state. The same applies to new residents who already have an out-of-state drivers license. As soon as they establish Utah residency, they can transfer their out-of-state drivers license at the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Replace Drivers License in Utah

In certain situations, where you may have a lost, stolen or damaged license, you can easily apply for a drivers license duplicate at your nearest DMV office. For more information about the process of replacing drivers licenses in Utah, follow this link.

Locate a DMV in Utah

Utah drivers may visit a number of different DMV offices in the state for any driving or vehicle matters. To facilitate the process, visit our UT DMV locations page to review a full listing of branches, as well as hours of operation and phone numbers.

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