Utah Driver License and ID Cards



If you have become a resident of Utah state and need a  driver license, you must appear at one of Utah licensing offices and bring the following:

Any or all of these steps may apply to you, depending on your individual situation

Have photo taken at the Driver License Division;

Complete an application;

Completion of driver education, or have a valid license from another state or country;

Legal parent or guardian to sign for financial responsibility if under the age of 18;

Present documents required;

Payment of applicable fees;

Medical questionnaire and eye exam;

Completion of required written knowledge/skills tests.

When applying for a Utah driver license, your privilege to drive cannot be suspended, revoked, disqualified, or denied in another state. Your out-of-state license must be surrendered upon application for a Utah license.

The division requires 20/40 vision and peripheral fields (side vision) of 120 degrees in at least one eye to pass the vision test. If you fail to meet this standard with or without glasses, you will be required to get a statement from your eye doctor.

The statement must be presented before your application can be completed. It should indicate specific vision problems and suggested restrictions, if any. A vision test is required on all original, lapsed, duplicate, and renewal licenses. Everyone aged 65 and older is required to pass a vision examination every five years.

The written knowledge test will be questions based upon information in the Utah Driver Handbook.  The questions will be related to your specific written test or tests for the required license and/or endorsements.  You are allowed to take two written tests in one day.  After three failures, you will be required to pay a second fee.

The examiner may require you to demonstrate your driving ability. If so, you must provide the vehicle to be used. It must be properly registered and comply with vehicle safety laws, including functioning safety belts. The vehicle may be rejected if its condition could cause harm to the examiner's person or clothes.

The applicant and the examiner are the only occupants allowed in the vehicle during the road test. In addition to road rules and regulations, you will be judged on the use of proper driving techniques and other important elements of safe driving, such as your general behavior and attitude. During the road test, you will not be asked to do anything that is against the law.

The following is a partial list of items on which you may be judged during the test:

Driving posture 

Proper use of lanes 

Left and right turns 

Starting and stopping 

Parking on hills and between cars 

Observance of traffic signs and signals 

Backing 

U-turns 

Steering coordination 

Attention at intersections 

If you fail the road test you will be expected to practice before taking another test. You may take only one road test in a day. The failure to pass the required tests in three attempts will result in having to pay another fee. All tests must be completed within six months from the day you pay your fee. Any person may be asked to complete a road test if the examiner feels the applicant's ability to drive may be in question.

Utah State Identification Card

You are not required to obtain a Utah State Identification Card however, they are useful in the event you are unable to obtain a driver license, you need to cash a check, traveling, and for law enforcement purposes.

To apply for an ID Card in Utah, you will need to visit one of our licensing offices and complete an application form.  You may fill out our online application and print ahead of time.   Anyone of any age may purchase an ID Card.  Although, persons under 16 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign for them.  The fee for an ID Card is $18.00 and remains valid for five years.

After all requirements for an ID Card have been successfully completed you will receive a temporary photo ID on the same day. The completed ID Card will then be mailed to you in approximately three weeks.

If you are no longer able to drive due to medical reasons or age, you may surrender your Utah Driver License for a Utah State Identification Card free of charge.  You must appear in person at a licensing office to take a photo and sign the application.