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Learner Permit

Get your copy of the 40-hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide used to assist the parent with the teen driving experience (print in PDF or visit any office to pick up a printed spiral bound copy.)


You may obtain your entry level learner permit to drive if you are at least 15 years of age (or any age and need a learner permit because you have never been licensed):

  • Schedule an appointment for your visit, or walk-in at a driver license office.
  • If you plan to walk-in for your visit you can complete the application in the office, or ahead of time online.
  • Photo will be taken.
  • Provide proof of identity, full social security number and two (2) documents of Utah residence.  If under age 18, proof of residence can be mail sent to your parent/legal guardian.  Visit required documentation page for what is acceptable proof.
  • Pass the 50-question written knowledge test, study this driver handbook (driving skills test will be required when ready to apply for your original driver license.)
  • Pass the eye (vision) test.
  • Parent/legal guardian must sign for financial responsibility (17 and under only.)
  • Submit a nonrefundable fee of $19.00.

15, 16, and 17 years old the learner permit entitles you to operate a regular motor vehicle only if:

  • An approved driving instructor, parent or legal guardian who is licensed, is occupying the seat beside the applicant.
  • The responsible adult who signed for financial responsibility, who is a licensed driver, is occupying the seat beside the applicant.
  • Allows for other passengers in the vehicle.
  • Learner permit must be in the applicant’s immediate possession.

If an applicant is 17 years of age or younger when they apply for their Utah learner permit, they must hold their permit for six months before being able to apply for a Utah driver license.  However, if the applicant turns 18 during the holding period they may apply for their driver license upon turning 18.  The six-month learner permit holding requirement does not apply to an applicant who is age 18 or older at the time of application for the learner permit.  Learner permits issued from a state other than Utah that are equivalent to the Utah learner permit can be used to meet the six-month learner permit holding requirement.

It is recommended you have a learner permit before taking a driver education course.  A driver education course is required to obtain your Utah driver license for anyone 18 years of age and younger.

18 years or older the learner permit entitles you to operate a regular motor vehicle only if:

  • A person 21 years of age or older, who must be a licensed driver, is occupying the seat beside the applicant.
  • Learner permit must be in the applicant’s immediate possession.

19 years and older driver education is not required, and you have two options available for obtaining a Utah driver license:

  1. Complete a driver education course.  This would allow you to avoid having to hold a learner permit for 90 days.  If you choose this option you will need to apply for a learner permit with us prior to taking a driver education course (learner permit process and entitlements listed above); or
  2. Do not take a driver education course and you will need to hold a learner permit for 90 days (see process and entitlements above.)  You will also be required to complete 40 hours of practice driving (10 at night.)

The $19.00 fee for the learner permit entitles the applicant to not more than three (3) attempts to pass the written knowledge test within one year.  After three (3) attempts, applicant will be required to pay an additional fee.  You may renew a learner permit by paying a $19.00 renewal fee and completing the application process again.  However, all documentation you furnished for your original learner permit is on file and is not required to obtain a renewal or duplicate learner permit.