Utah (UT) Learner's Permit

How to Get a Utah Learner’s Permit: Rules and Requirements

by Zutobi · Updated Jan 06, 2022

If you’re looking to get your Utah Learner’s Permit or to learn about the process, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll go through all the details so you know exactly what to do and what to expect.

What is a Learner’s Permit?

A learner’s permit allows you to practice driving supervised by a licensed driver. You can apply for one when you turn 15.

Who is Required to Get a Utah Learner’s Permit?

You need to apply for a learner’s permit if you fall under any of the following categories:

  1. You are 18 or under as a first-time driver.
  2. You are 19+ as a first-time driver that would like to skip drivers education.

If you are over 21 years old, you can skip the learner’s permit stage by completing driver’s education and taking the driving test (road skills test) to immediately progress to a full driver’s license. You decide if you want to hold a learner’s permit for 90 days OR complete driver’s education.

Regardless of your age and what option you choose, you must complete the eye test and the written test to move on.

How to Get a Utah Learner’s Permit

#1 – Fill Your Permit Application Online

The first thing you need to do is to fill out this application.

#2 – Schedule DPS Appointment

Before heading to the Utah DPS, schedule an appointment to save time and avoid long lines.

#3 – Bring Proper Documentation

At the DPS, you will need to have the following documents with you:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Utah Residency
  • Proof of Social Security Verification

#4 – Pass the Eye Exam

The eye exam will be administered when you submit your application at the Utah DPS. To be eligible for a permit, you have to pass the vision exam with a score of 20/40 or higher.

#5 – Pass the Knowledge Test

In addition to the eye exam, you also have to pass the written knowledge test.

The written knowledge exam consists of 50 questions and based upon the information related to important traffic laws and road signs. You must score 80% or higher, answering at least 40 questions correctly. If you fail, you are allowed to take the exam one more time on the same day. After three attempts, you will be required to pay an additional fee.

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Minors under the age of 17 will be required to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian.

#7 – Pay Permit Application Fees

At the time of writing, the driver’s permit application fee in Utah is $19.

What Are the Utah Driver’s Permit Restrictions?

The state of Utah imposes certain restrictions for drivers with a permit. These restrictions will vary depending on your age.

17 Years and Under

  • May only operate a motor vehicle with an approved driving instructor, parent, or legal guardian
  • The adult who gave consent (above) must be present
  • Vehicle must permit additional passengers
  • Learner permit must be in possession
  • Cannot drive between midnight and 5am

You may schedule your final license appointment and apply for your drivers’ license after you have held your permit for six months. If you turn 18 during this period, you may apply for your license on your birthday. Remember, you must complete driver’s education and complete 40 hours of driving (with 10 hours at night) first!

18 Years and Older

  • You must be accompanied by licensed adult over the age of 21
  • Learner permit must be in possession

That’s It!

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