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How to Get Your Utah Driver's License

Getting your Utah driver's license is a big deal. It's a major milestone that means a whole new level of freedom. That's why you'll want to be prepared for every step of the process. Continue reading for more information on how to get your Utah driver's license.

Step One: Get Your Permit

If you're 16 or 17, you'll need to have your learner permit for at least six months before you can get your Utah driver's license.

To get your permit, you'll need to be at least 15. You'll also be required to complete a 50-question written test and an eye exam. The best way to prepare for the written test is to study the Utah Driver Handbook, which is full of helpful information, and to take the online practice test provided by the state.

With a learner permit, you'll be able to practice behind the wheel, but be sure to follow all permit restrictions, which vary by age, so that you'll be able to get your license as soon as possible. Violating permit restrictions can prevent you from getting your license when you turn 16.

Step Two: Take a Driver's Education Course

If you're 18 or younger, you're required to complete a driver's education program before you can get your Utah driver's license. You can complete your driver's education course through a private school (18 hours of classroom instruction), your high school (27 hours of classroom instruction) or independently (30 hours of online instruction.) No matter which of the aforementioned options you choose, you'll also need to complete at least six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.

In addition to formal driver's education, you'll also need to pass the online Traffic Safety and Trends Exam, which is free to all Utah residents. It includes four videos that cover a variety of driver safety-related topics. Each video is followed by 10 multiple choice questions that you must get correct in order to move on. Finally, you'll need to record at least 40 hours of parent-supervised driving practice (including at least 10 hours at night.)

Step Three: Take Your Behind-the-Wheel Exam

After you complete all the required driver's education standards, the next step toward getting your Utah driver's license is taking your driving test.

Once you're ready to complete the exam, you've got three testing options:

  • You can take the test at your local DMV. Be sure to schedule your appointment in advance.
  • You can take the test at your high school.
  • You can complete the exam through a certified private driving school.

Each option has its benefits. When deciding which is right for you, consider which environment you'll be most comfortable in and whether you'll want to dedicate high school credits to driver's education.

Step Four: Visit the DMV

Regardless of where you choose to take your driving test, you'll still need to go to the DMV to get your Utah driver's license.

Be sure to bring proof that you completed all of your driver's education requirements, as well as your learner permit, your practice log and your driver's license application.

Step Five: Follow All Teen Driving Restrictions

If you want to hold on to your Utah driver's license, be sure to follow the rules. If you're 16 or 17, you're not allowed to drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless you're going to or from work or school, you have a licensed driver who is 21 or older in the front seat or in the case of an emergency.

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