The requirement to complete a driver education course varies by age:
17 YEARS OF AGE AND UNDER
Must complete a driver education course (apply for Utah learner permit first), and hold a learner permit for six (6) months. (An equivalent out-of-state permit may be counted towards the time held requirement.)
18 YEARS OF AGE
Must complete a driver education course (apply for Utah learner permit first.)
19 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER
You have an option:
- Complete a driver education course – this option waives the requirement of having to hold a learner permit for 90 days (apply for a Utah learner permit first); or
- Instead of taking a driver education course you can apply for a Utah learner permit and hold it for 90 days, plus complete at least 40 hours of driving (10 at night.)
If you are coming from another state, out-of-state driver education completion certificates must meet Utah’s required hours. Most out-of-state certificates will not have the observation training listed as it is not required in some states. If training is needed in order to be complete, you may make up the remaining hours at an approved Utah driving school (see below.) Out-of-state online or home study certificates will not be accepted.
Completion certificates must be on letter head or have a state approved seal and should not be mistaken as a license to drive.
These are the required hours to complete a driver education course:
- 27 hours of high school classroom instruction, or 18 hours of commercial/private school, or 30 hours of Utah approved online/home study course;
- 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction; and
- 6 hours of observation.
Driver education course in Utah may be completed at:
- Your local high school.
- Through a commercial/private driver education school (view commercial driver education schools link below.)
- Approved online/home study driver education course:
Please be aware that there are many online driver education courses offered on the internet. These courses may offer driver education or practice testing, but they have not been approved by the Driver License Division and cannot be accepted as proof of driver education completion.
If you took an approved online/home study course the information will be entered electronically and submitted onto your driving record at the Driver License Division.
Click to SCHEDULE an appointment to apply for your original Utah driver license (select provisional if 20 and under, select original if 21 and older.)
Click to view information about the written knowledge test or the driving skills test.