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A-Teens Guide for Getting a Driver's Permit in Utah

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Before you receive a full license, most states require that drivers under the age of 18 obtain a learner's permit and keep it for at least a year. A learner's permit requires a minimum age of between 14 and 16 years old, depending on where you live. Check our guidelines below to get your hands on your permit in Utah.

Prerequisites 

The prerequisites for obtaining a Utah driver's license from the Department of Public Safety should be understood by those who wish to apply. Don't forget to check to see if you've adhered to  DPS standards and compiled the relevant paperwork. Learner permits are available to Utah residents who are at least 15 years old. Gradually increasing driving rights are offered to new drivers in Utah, according to the state's unique graded licensing system. 

It is necessary to pass a written exam and eye and medical screenings in Utah to be issued a learner’s permit. As the last requirement, a legal guardian must sign the application stating that they will assume financial liability for the driver until they are 18 years old. The permit is valid for one year from the time of issue, and may only be renewed once. 

License Stages

Bear in mind that with a learner’s permit, the individual may only drive while accompanied by their parents or an instructor in the passenger seat. In Utah, permit holders may upgrade to a normal license after reaching the age of 16 and with permission for at least six months. Additionally, the state requires new drivers to undergo at least forty hours of driving practice, ten of which must be at night and with a certified passenger. To apply for a license, individuals under the age of nineteen must finish a state-approved driving education course. Driver education courses that are eligible must involve at least twenty hours of instruction and six hours of observational driving.

Steps to Prepare

The first step to getting a learner's permit requires passing a 50-question written test, which you'll need to prepare for ahead of time. A free online Utah DMV practice tests resource is available from the state. You should also familiarise yourself with the Utah Driver's Handbook, which has a wealth of information about the state's traffic rules. Road signs, driver safety habits, licensing punishments, and more will be covered in the written test.

The second step is to gather your documents once you've mastered the knowledge you'll need for the written exam. If you don't have the proper documents, you may be excluded from the DMV. Make sure to bring your driver's license application in the state of Utah, this can be filled at the DMV if needed, proof of who you are, social security number evidence, and Utah residency-related documents.

Once you complete the aforementioned steps, you will be ready for the third, which is visiting the DMV. DMV appointments should be made to help you prepare, but you can walk in at any time. Afterward, you'll be given a 50-question exam and a thorough review of your documents. 

Among the things you'll do when you get there is having your picture snapped, getting your sight and eyes examined by the available doctor, and filling out medical-related questionnaires. In addition to this, if you're under the age of seventeen, have your parent or guardian sign for financial responsibility.

Restrictions

Those under the age of 17 must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of six months before applying for a driver's license. Please follow all of the Utah driver's permit regulations during this time. If you are under the age of 18, the following rules are included:

Only driving with a licensed parent, guardian, or certified driving instructor in the front seat is allowed. Avoid the use of a cell phone while driving. Always having your driving permit on you at all times is a good rule of thumb and you must always buckle up in the car. Keep in mind that having a licensed adult over the age of 21 in the passenger seat is the only limitation for those under the age of 18. If you go by these rules and record a lot of practice time, you'll be well on your way to obtaining your driver's license and all of the confidence that comes with it.

Overall, a learner's permit enables inexperienced drivers to legally operate a vehicle while under the guidance of an experienced driver. It allows younger and less experienced drivers to gain more practice on the road, making passing a road test much easier. There is a link between the amount of experience a driver has behind the wheel and the chance of being in an accident. In other words, it's in everyone's best interest to make sure new drivers receive some experience behind the wheel before they earn their license.