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    Applying for a Teen Driver’s License in Utah

    The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Division has a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program in place for new drivers to obtain a Utah driver’s license.

    Teen drivers younger than 21 years old must follow rules and meet specific requirements in Utah, which may include driver’s education.

    This page outlines the steps you need to take to obtain your first Utah driver’s license.

    New to Utah?

    If you have recently moved to Utah, there is no grace period for you to apply for a UT driver's license. If you establish residency and plan to stay longer than 6 months, you must switch your license over to Utah right away.

    To obtain your UT driver’s license, visit your local DMV office and:

    • Submit a completed Driver’s License Application (Form DLD6A).
    • Present your valid out-of-state driver's license or proof you have completed driver’s education, if you have it.
      • If you cannot provide either of these, you will be issued a learner’s permit, which you must hold for 90 days.
    • Show proof of your identity, Social Security number, and 2 proofs of your Utah residency.
      • For acceptable documents, please visit the DLD website.
    • Pass the written and vision tests.
    • Pass a road test, if required.
    • Get your photo taken.
    • Pay the $25 driver’s license fee.

    Utah GDL Program

    In Utah, if you’re younger than 21 years old, you must follow the guidelines required by the GDL program. This process is designed to help you learn all of the defensive driving skills you need to drive safely and avoid traffic accidents.

    You will be required to:

    • Obtain your UT learner’s permit.
    • Complete a driver’s education course, if you’re younger than 19 years old.
    • Complete 40 hours of driving practice (10 hours at night).
    • Apply for your full, unrestricted driver’s license.
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    Age Requirements

    • Learner’s permit: 15 years old.
    • Driver’s Ed enrollment: Once you have your learner’s permit.
    • Full driver’s license:
      • If you’re 17 years old or younger: After holding a Utah learner’s permit for 6 months, or once you turn 18 years old.
      • If you’re 18 years old or older: After holding a Utah learner’s permit for 90 days.

    Utah Learner’s Permit

    You must be at least 15 years old to apply for your Utah learner's permit.

    DMV.org Tip:

    Be sure to take some time to study the UT driver’s manual and get ready for the written test.

    To apply, visit a local UT driver license office and:

    • Complete the Learner’s Permit Application (Form DLD6A).
      • Your parent or guardian must sign this form for financial responsibility.
    • Show proof of birth, Social Security number, and residence.
    • Pass the written test (50 questions) and vision test.
    • Complete a medical questionnaire.
    • Get your photo taken.
    • Pay the $15 learner’s permit fee (non-refundable).

    Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements

    Before moving on to your full, unrestricted driver’s license, you must:

    • Practice driving for 40 hours (10 hours must be at night).
    • Successfully complete Driver’s Ed, if you’re younger than 19 years old.

    You must also hold your learner’s permit for a minimum period of time before applying for your driver’s license.

    • 17 years old or younger: 6 months.
      • You can apply once you turn 18 years old, even if it’s before the period is up.
    • 18 years old or older: 90 days.
      • Cannot substitute with completion of Driver’s Ed until you turn 19 years old (see below).
    • 19 years old or older: 90 days OR upon completion of a Driver’s Ed course.

    Full Unrestricted UT Driver License

    You can apply for your full, unrestricted driver’s license once you’ve:

    • Turned 16 years old.
    • Completed 40 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, including 10 hours at night).
    • Held your learner’s permit for:
      • 6 months (or until you turn 18 years old), if you’re 17 years old or younger.
      • 90 days, if you’re 18 years old or older.
        • This will be waived if you are 19 years old and successfully complete a driver’s education course in Utah.

    To apply for your Utah driver’s license, visit your local driver’s license office and:

    • Show proof of completion of your driver’s education program, if applicable.
    • Complete the Driver License Application (Form DLD6A).
    • Submit your Utah learner’s permit.
    • Provide your birth certificate, Social Security number, and proof of your UT residency.
    • Have your parent or legal guardian sign your application and certify that you have completed the required driving practice time.
    • Have your photo taken.
    • Pass the vision test and complete a medical questionnaire.
    • Pass the road test. (Can be taken through your Driver’s Ed class.)
    • Pay the $30 driver license fee (non-refundable).

    The Utah DPS will issue you a temporary driver’s license in person. Your hard copy will be mailed within 6 weeks.

    Driver License Restrictions

    If you’re under 17 years old, you may not operate a vehicle between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. except when:

    • Accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old,
    • Driving for reasons related to employment, school-sponsored activities, farming/agriculture, or an emergency.

    If you’re younger than 16 1/2 years old, you may not drive with any passengers outside of your immediate family until 6 months after your license was issued, unless you’re:

    • Accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.
    • In an emergency.
    • Engaged in agricultural operation.
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