You must have a valid driver’s license in order to operate a vehicle in Utah. If you have a permit from your home country, it is only valid for 6 months. To continue driving in Utah legally after this time, you will need to obtain a Utah driver’s license.
Obtaining a driver’s license is recommended because it can also be used as a form of identification in the United States. This means you do not need to carry your passport with you at all times.
- Collect the required documents:
- Unexpired passport with visa inside
- I-94 document
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Social Security card (if you are not eligible, you must obtain a letter from the Social Security office indicating ineligibility)
- 2 documents that verify your Utah residency and mailing address (these must display your name and address and can be bank statements, rental contract, utility bill, vehicle title, etc.)
- Proof of driving experience (your home country driver’s license or proof that you completed a driver’s education course in Utah)
- Schedule an appointment or visit a driver license office. You will need to complete an application, which you can do online or at the office.
- At your appointment, you will need to pass an eye test, have your photo taken, complete a medical questionnaire, and pass a written test and/or driving test.
- Click here for more information about obtaining your driver’s license.
If you’re not interested in driving in Utah, you may also obtain a state ID card. This can be used for identification purposes but does not allow you to drive a car. More information about getting a state ID can be found here: https://dld.utah.gov/licensingid-cards/identification-card/.