To give teen drivers more experience without exposing them to dangerous risks, Utah has adopted a "graduated driver licensing" program for drivers under the age of 18. Under this program, you can get a driver license once you turn 16, but there will be some restrictions on your license to allow you to more safely transition from a newbie to a pro:
- If you're under 18, you can't carry passengers under 18 for the first six months that you have your license unless you also have a licensed driver 21 or over in the front seat, or unless the passenger is an immediate family member. Exceptions: If you work for a farmer or rancher, and your boss asks you to complete a work-related, agricultural task, you can operate a motor vehicle if the assignment requires you to do so. And you can drive underage passengers if it's an emergency.
- Until you turn 17, you can't drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless you have another licensed driver at least 21 years old in the front seat. Exceptions include work-related driving between your residence and your job, school-related activities if no transportation is provided by the school, and of course during emergencies.
- A police officer can pull over and cite anyone under 19 for no other reason than not wearing a seatbelt.
You might feel like these restrictions cramp your style, but you won't have to live with them for long. And the rules are working: The restrictions have reduced the number of crashes involving teenagers in Utah by making sure younger drivers gain plenty of experience before undertaking more dangerous driving situations.
For some real-world advice for steering clear of trouble and keeping your record spotless, check out our "Tips For New Drivers" in the Drivers Training section.
How to Get Your License
Detailed information for first-time driver license applicants is available on our Applying for a New License page, but here's a summary:
- Complete a driver's education course and, if you're under 18, log 40 hours of adult-supervised driving (10 of those hours at night). Provide a certificate of completion with your application.
- Your parents must sign the application and assume financial liability.
- Provide proof of identification, residency, Social Security number and legal presence.
- Pay the fees.
- Complete a medical questionnaire and vision test.
- Complete the required written and skills tests.
- Have your photo taken.