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What is a Limited-Term License?


A limited-term driver license is a “Class D” issued to drive motor vehicles (not a commercial motor vehicle (CMV or motorcycle) to an applicant who provides acceptable proof their status as a refugee, approved asylee, or covered humanitarian parolee. The expiration date of the limited-term is the date of your legal presence document or five (5) years, whichever is sooner; or 1-year from the date of issuance if there is no expiration date.

A regular adult driver is 21 and over. A regular minor “provisional” driver is 20 and under.

Testing Requirements

The applicant will be allowed to renew the limited-term license for five (5) years without taking the written knowledge test in English. The applicant may use a certified interpreter or a kiosk in their native language if a written knowledge test is required.

Upon the second renewal of the Utah limited-term, the applicant will be required to pass the written knowledge test at a kiosk in English. If the applicant cannot pass the written knowledge test in English, they will not receive any driving privileges. As long as the applicant’s status is refugee or approved asylee, they will be eligible for a five (5) year limited-term driver license.

When applying for a Utah limited-term driver license, your privilege to drive cannot be suspended, revoked, disqualified, or denied in another state.

Under Utah law, you are responsible for refraining from driving if there is any uncertainty about your physical, mental, or emotional status, which may affect driving safety.  If the condition persists, you are responsible for reporting it to the Driver License Division.

By law, you may not possess more than one REAL ID-compliant certificate at a time (e.g., a Utah driver license and a Colorado ID.)

Appointments should be scheduled for all services to reduce your wait time.  Walk-in service may experience much longer wait times due to appointments taking priority.