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Limited-Term Driver License/ID Card

A person who would need to obtain a limited-term driver license or identification card would be individuals who are not U.S. citizens, but who are in the U.S. legally:

  • The expiration date of your license would be the date of your legal presence document or five years, whichever is sooner; or one year from the date of issuance if there is no expiration date;
  • Individuals applying for a commercial limited-term driver license are required to have and provide proof of full social security number and DOT medical card;
  • Refugee or approved asylee – see below for more information.

Requirements to obtain a limited-term document:

  • Schedule an appointment for your visit, or walk-in at a driver license office;
  • If you plan to walk-in you can complete the application in the office, or complete this online application ahead of time;
  • Photo will be taken;
  • Provide evidence of a driving privilege issued in another state or country, or evidence of completion of a course in driver education to avoid having to carry a learner permit for 90 days if age 19 and older;
  • Provide proof of identity, full social security number or proof of ineligibility to obtain social security number, two documents of Utah residency, and legal/lawful presence. Visit our required documentation page to find out what is acceptable proof;
  • Completion of required written knowledge test and driving skills test;
  • Pass the eye test; and
  • Submit the applicable fee.

REFUGEE AND ASYLEE
An applicant who provides acceptable proof of their status as a refugee or an approved ayslee for an original Utah limited-term driver license will have the option of taking the Utah written knowledge test in their native language with the assistance of an interpreter.  If the applicant provides proof of their out-of-country driver license, a 25-question open book test will be given.  If the applicant does not provide proof of a previous out-of-country or out-of-state driver license, a 50-question closed book test will be given.

Applicants age 18 and under must provide completion of driver education or proof of a previous license to avoid having to carry a learner permit for 90 days.

Prior to making an appointment online the applicant will need to provide the following documents at a driver license office:

  • Identity document (verified through SAVE);
  • Legal/lawful presence document (verified through SAVE);
  • Social security verification; and
  • Utah residence verification.

Please print this brochure to be sure you have all required documentation.

Applicant will need to schedule an appointment online.

When the applicant arrives for their scheduled appointment they will be required to:

  • Pay the license fee;
  • Pass the eye test; and
  • Take the written knowledge test in their native language with the assistance of an interpreter approved by the Department of Workforce Services –  here is a link to our Interpreter List.

Once the written knowledge test is passed, the applicant will be issued a temporary driving permit.  Prior to receiving the full driving privilege the applicant will need to pass the driving skills test with a driver license examiner or a third party tester.  Click here for a list of third party testers.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the applicant will be issued a limited-term driver license with a 4 (four) year expiration date.

When the limited-term expires after the 4 (four) years, the applicant will need to renew their limited-term and will be required to pass the written knowledge test in English.  If the applicant is not able to pass the written knowledge test, no driving privilege will be issued.


After all requirements for a license have been successfully completed, you will receive a temporary photo license on the same day.  The completed license will then be mailed to you in approximately 6-8 weeks.