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Intrastate Waiver Program

Operators of commercial intrastate vehicles fall under different licensing requirements.  As far as possible, these have been incorporated into appropriate profiles.  In 1997 the division began the Utah intrastate program for commercial drivers.

Setting limitations on driving for persons with impairments of functional ability works to increase public safety and at the same time to permit individuals a maximum degree of freedom of movement in two (2) ways.  First, in cases of decreased vision or motor control, avoiding high speeds will reduce the number, as well as the seriousness, of accidents.  Second, in situations of some increase in the chance of an accident, cutting down on the extent of exposure on the highway by limiting driving areas or times of day will reduce the total number of accidents and yet allow a person perhaps enough mobility to maintain a job with a single round trip each work day.  These factors are difficult to define and measure but an effort has been made to accumulate and develop accurate data in order to refine limitations in the interest of safety.

In some cases, functional ability profiles indicating driving impairment in more than one category may be the basis for a more limited license than if there is only one impairment, but generally any limitation will relate to the single profile showing most impairment.  As these functional ability profiles are used in determining driver licenses, data will be gathered as to the driving safety record of various groups as a basis for revision of the levels.  Data secured from other sources will also be used.  Denial of driving privileges based upon medical reasons does not constitute a “disability” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All commercial intrastate drivers with physical impairments must obtain a “variance” from their state in the appropriate category(s) in order to be considered for an intrastate license. Only the following categories may be considered for the Utah intrastate program:

  • Pulmonary
  • Neurologic
  • Seizures
  • Learning/Memory
  • Psychiatric or Emotional Conditions
  • Musculoskeletal

Drivers who fall under the intrastate category must have a K restriction added to their driver license.

To inquire about more information about the intrastate waiver program, please call our Customer Service at 801.965.4437 or toll free at 888.353.4224.