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How to Get Your Utah Driver's Permit

The first step toward earning your license is getting your Utah driver's permit. Getting your permit isn't too tricky as long as you understand the process. Follow this guide if you're at least 15 and ready to get hit the road with your Utah driver's permit.

Step One: Prepare for the Written Exam

Before you visit the DMV to get your learner's permit, you'll need to study for the 50-question written exam that you'll be required to pass.

The state offers a free online practice exam that you should take. Also, be sure to study the Utah Driver Handbook, which is full of in-depth information on the state's traffic laws. The written exam will cover road signs, safe driving practices, license sanctions and more.

Step Two: Assemble Your Documents

After you feel like you've masters the information you'll need for the written exam, it's time to get your documents together. It's not uncommon for people to be turned away from the DMV because they don't have the necessary paperwork.

You'll need to bring:

  • Your Utah driver's permit application (you can also fill one out at the DMV)
  • Proof of your identity
  • Proof of your social security number
  • Two proofs of your Utah residency

The state has a helpful documentation guide that you can use to make sure you've got everything you'll need to get your Utah driver's permit.

Step Three: Visit the DMV

You can either make an appointment at the DMV or walk in at your convenience. There, they'll go through all your paperwork and give your 50-question written test. On your visit, you'll also:

  • Have your photo taken.
  • Take an eye exam.
  • Complete a medical questionnaire.
  • Have your parent or guardian sign for financial responsibility (if you're 17 or younger).

Step Four: Follow All Driving Restrictions

If you're 17 or under, you'll have to have your permit for at least six months before you can apply for your driver's license. During that time, be sure to abide by all of the Utah driver's permit restrictions. If under 18, these include:

  • Only driving with a licensed parent, guardian or approved driving instructor next to you in the front seat.
  • Not using your cell phone while driving in any capacity.
  • Always having your permit on your person while driving.
  • Always wearing your seat belt.

If you're 18, the only restriction is that you're required to have a licensed adult who is 21 or older in the front seat while you're practicing behind the wheel.

If you follow these restrictions and be sure to log plenty of practice hours, then you'll be well on your way to getting your driver's license and gaining all of the freedom that comes along with it.

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