Vehicle Code in Utah
Utah Motor Vehicle and Traffic Code
The motor vehicle code in Utah contains all the information you need about vehicle regulations, driver's license processes, Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) or the Motor Vehicle Division procedures, and traffic laws. Whether you've recently received a traffic ticket and want more information about it or you are looking to gain a better understanding of the rules of the road, the Utah vehicle code can be a good place to look.
On this page you'll find information about accessing the Utah vehicle code and how to navigate it.
If you have specific questions pertaining to your own UT driver's license or vehicle's registration, you should contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) or the Motor Vehicle Division, respectively. If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney.
If you've ever gotten a traffic ticket, the citation might have referred to a portion of the Utah vehicle code, but what do those numbers mean? The vehicle code is a list of the rules and regulations that apply to motor vehicles and drivers. It was written and legislated to protect the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and property by laying legal ground rules for what is generally considered safe and legal, and what isn't.
The Utah State Legislature has posted Utah's motor vehicle code online. The code contains sections specific to titles and registration, dealers and franchises, minors, financial responsibility, vintage and off-road vehicles, and more.
Most drivers will be interested in the section called the traffic code (Title 41, Chapter 6a). Although the topics in the traffic code section are explained in somewhat legal language, the entire code is here―so you can research anything you have a question about in relation to driving, roadways, and the law.
The code is very specific and contains lots of information not covered in driver's education courses, so it's worth perusing topics of interest to learn about the law in its entirety and how it applies to you.
To look up a particular code or infraction in, say, the traffic code section of the vehicle code, point your browser to the traffic code page and then perform a "Find" (through your browser) to look for the keyword or code number you're interested in on that page (for example, "one-way," "41-6a-528," "driving under the influence," or "speed limit").
You can also click on "Search by Keyword" on the code page, but it will take you to a general search location for the entire library of legislative documents.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Utah driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the Utah DMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information about any accidents you have had.