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Refugee/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.

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

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

Process for obtaining a limited-term driver license:

  • Schedule a refugee/asylee appointment for your visit (coming July 2020.) You can complete the driver license application in the office, or ahead of time online.
  • Photo will be taken.
  • Pass the eye (vision) test.
  • Take the written knowledge test in native language with the assistance of an interpreter approved by the Department of Workforce Services –  here is a link to our interpreter list. If you are not using a translator for your written knowledge test view our Limited-Term Driver License/ID Card page.
  • Submit nonrefundable fee.

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.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the applicant will be issued a limited-term driver license with an eight (8) year expiration date.

When the limited-term expires, 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 license with a photo on the same day.  The completed license will then be mailed to you in approximately 8-10 weeks.