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    Utah Driver’s Training

    If you are a teenager applying for a new driver’s license, you’ll need to complete both driver’s training and supervised behind-the-wheel practice to satisfy the licensing requirements of the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS).

    All new drivers, regardless of age, must complete supervised behind-the-wheel practice to obtain a new driver’s license.

    For teen drivers, behind-the-wheel practice AND driver’s training will help develop the skills necessary to become a safe, responsible driver and pass the DMV road test.

    On this page you’ll find information about your behind-the-wheel requirements and what you need to do next to obtain your unrestricted driver’s license.

    Utah Behind-the-Wheel Requirements

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you must complete the driver’s training component of a Utah Driver’s Ed course as part of your behind-the-wheel requirements.

    If you’re a new driver, regardless of your age, you must complete at least 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice during the learner’s permit stage of the UT DPS licensing program.

    You can begin the Utah DPS licensing requirements when you are at least 15 years old by applying for your learner’s permit and enrolling in a driver’s education course.

    For more information, please visit our pages on those topics:

    Driver’s Training in Utah

    Driver’s training is a component of approved driver’s education courses and is offered by:

    • High schools.
    • Professional driver’s training schools.

    The in-car driver’s training component of your course will include:

    • 6 hours of driving practice with a driving instructor.
    • 6 hours of observation.

    Generally, you’ll begin your behind-the-wheel training with your driving instructor after you pass the classroom portion of the course.

    When you complete both your classroom lessons and driver’s training, you will receive a Driver’s Ed completion certificate.

    UT Behind-the-Wheel Practice

    Supervised behind-the-wheel practice with a learner’s permit is required of all first-time drivers.

    Your learner’s permit allows you to drive only while supervised by:

    • Your licensed parent/legal guardian or certified driving instructor, if you are younger than 18 years old.
    • A licensed adult who is at least 21 years old, if you are older than 18 years old.

    Before advancing from your learner’s permit to a driver’s license, you’ll need to complete at least 40 hours of supervised driving practice with at least 10 hours completed at night.

    Teen drivers will need a parent/legal guardian to certify that they have completed the behind-the-wheel driving practice.

    Next Steps - Getting Your Driver’s License

    You can apply for your UT driver’s license when you:

    • Are at least 16 years old.
    • Have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months (90 days if you are 19 years old or older).
    • Complete your supervised driving practice.
    • Complete a driver’s education course.

    Once you meet the requirements above, you can contact the Utah DMV to schedule your road test OR take your road test with an approved driver’s education provider.


    For more information about driver licenses, see Driver Handbook, Teen Drivers, Driver Education, and Applying For a New License on this site.