Driver education requirements vary by age.
17 years and under need to complete a driver education course and hold a learner permit for six months. (An equivalent out-of-state permit may be counted towards the time held requirement.)
18 year old needs to complete a driver education course and does not need to hold their learner permit for any length of time.
19 years or older need to complete a driver education course OR instead you can hold a Utah learner permit for 90 days.
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. 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 driver education:
30 Hours of Utah approved Online/Home Study course
27 Hours of High School Classroom Instruction
18 Hours if it is a Commercial/Private School
6 Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction
6 Hours of Observation
Driver education course in Utah may be completed at:
- Your local high school;
- Through a Commercial Driver Education School (view Commercial Driver Education Schools below); or
- Approved online/home study driver education:
If you complete a Utah online driver education course you will also be required to have 6 hours driving and 6 hours of observation, which can be completed at any approved Commercial Driver Education School or High School.
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.
If you have never been issued a driver license (anywhere) you will be required to complete a road test.
If you are licensed in another state or country, you may be required to complete a road test before obtaining a Utah driver license.
There are two options for applicants who must complete a road test:
- An applicant may choose to take a road test with the Driver License Division by completing the application process, passing the written test and scheduling an appointment at one of our driver license offices. Applicant must supply the vehicle for the road test; or
- An applicant may take a road test with a Commercial Driving School (see above link)
To test with a Third Party Tester at a Commercial Driving School you may be charged an additional fee and you must have the following:
- A license from another country, or a learners permit issued by the Driver License Division; and
- Provide the tester with proof of identification
An applicant may not use the services of a Third Party Tester when:
- An applicant has a Utah driver license and has been requested to take a road test by a physician, other medical professional or by a law enforcement officer; or
- An applicant has been requested by the Driver License Division to complete additional hours of driver training
The Driver License Division under the authority of U.C.A. 53-3-501 and Utah Administrative Rule R708-2 regulates commercial driving schools.