s’ license. While a 15-year-old may apply for the learner’s permit that allows them to take driver’s education courses, they may not begin their driving practice with the permit until they turn 16.

While driving with any learner’s permit, drivers must be accompanied at all times by a driver who is at least 21 years old, and has had a valid driver’s license.

How to apply

In order to apply for a learner’s permit in Utah, a driver must bring the following documents to the DPS office when they take their written exam:

  • A completed application

  • A parent or guardian, who must sign in person for financial responsibility

  • Proof of identity and date of birth, such as a birth certificate or valid passport

  • Proof of social security number, such as a social security card or a W-2 form

  • Two documents that prove Utah residency, such as a student ID card or a report card

They must also take a vision test, answer a medical questionnaire, and pay the required $15 fee.

Passing the exam

Those who are applying for a learner’s permit must take a written exam, which covers all state-specific traffic laws, road signs, and other driver’s safety information. The Utah DPS provides a driver’s manual which includes all the information needed to pass the written exam. The state also provides an online practice exam in which potential drivers can use to gain the practice and confidence they need to ace the exam.

Drivers may attempt the written exam twice in a day. If the driver fails the exam three times, they must pay the $5 fee again.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Get a Utah Driver's Permit and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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