What to Expect on Your Utah Driving Test
Passing the Utah driving test is the final step before you can get your driver's license. Though it may sound like an intimidating task, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare! Follow this guide to feel confident on test day.
Master the Skills You'll Be Tested On
If you're 16 or older and you've had your learner's permit for at least six months, you're eligible to take your Utah driving test. When it comes to where you choose to take the test, you have three options:
- Your local DMV office
- Your high school
- A approved private driving school
Knowing what to expect on the Utah driving test can be a big advantage. The exam typically takes about 20 minutes and your test administrator will likely ask you to demonstrate the following skills:
- Two- and three-point turns
- Straight line backing
- Parallel parking
- Changing lanes safely
They'll also observe your behavior behind the wheel to ensure that you understand how to approach intersections, brake smoothly, use your mirrors, drive with the correct posture and abide by all traffic signs. Be sure to read Section 13 of the Utah Driver Handbook for additional testing information.
Get to Know Your Vehicle
You're responsible for providing the vehicle you'll operate during your Utah driving test. Before the exam begins, your test administrator will examine your vehicle to ensure that it's safe to drive. They'll check to make sure it has:
- Front and back license plates
- Working turn signals, headlights, break lights and horn
- Tires with no bald spots
- Two rear view mirrors
- A working driver's side window and two working doors
- Seat belts
- A fully intact windshield
You may be asked to demonstrate that your lights, windshield wipers or horn are in working order so be sure you know how to operate them.
You'll want to be as relaxed as possible on testing day. That's why you should assemble your documents in advance. If you're taking the test at the DMV, you'll also want to book your appointment beforehand.
On test day, you'll need to bring:
- Your learner's permit
- A valid registration card for your vehicle
- Proof of insurance
Regardless of where you choose to take your driving test, you'll still need to visit the DMV to apply for your license. When you do, you'll also need to bring proof that you've completed all your driver's education requirements, as well as documents proving your identity, social security number and Utah residence.
Practice Makes Perfect
The more practice you get before your Utah driving test, the more confident you'll feel in the driver's seat. While working on your driving skills, be sure to practice the right way. If you get used to using your turn signals, yielding to pedestrians and coming to a complete stop at stop signs, you're more likely to demonstrate those critical skills on test day.