7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Uniform Driver License Act by amending provisions relating to
10 driver license testing.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ provides that if an applicant has been issued an equivalent learner permit by another
14 state or branch of the United States Armed Forces, the applicant is subject to the
15 driver education, testing, age, and fee requirements;
16 ▸ provides that an applicant for an original or provisional class D license shall pass a
17 knowledge test approved by the division;
18 ▸ provides that a percentage of the test questions included in the knowledge test shall
19 cover the topic of major causes of traffic related deaths as identified in statistics
20 published by the Highway Safety Office; and
21 ▸ makes technical corrections.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
25 This bill provides a special effective date.
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 53-3-210.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 176
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 53-3-210.5 is amended to read:
32 53-3-210.5. Learner permit.
33 (1) Beginning on August 1, 2006, the division, upon receiving an application for a
34 learner permit, may issue a learner permit effective for one year to an applicant who is at least
35 15 years of age.
36 (2) (a) The learner permit entitles an applicant that is 18 years of age or older to operate
37 a class D motor vehicle only if:
38 (i) a person 21 years of age or older who is a licensed driver is occupying a seat beside
39 the applicant; and
40 (ii) the applicant has the learner permit in the applicant's immediate possession while
41 operating the motor vehicle.
42 (b) The learner permit entitles an applicant that is younger than 18 years of age to
43 operate a class D motor vehicle only if:
44 (i) (A) an approved driving instructor is occupying a seat beside the applicant;
45 (B) the applicant's parent or legal guardian, who must be a licensed driver, is
46 occupying a seat beside the applicant; or
47 (C) a responsible adult who has signed for the applicant under Section 53-3-211 and
48 who must be a licensed driver, is occupying a seat beside the applicant; and
49 (ii) the applicant has the learner permit in the applicant's immediate possession while
50 operating the motor vehicle.
51 (3) The division shall issue a learner permit to an applicant who:
52 (a) is at least 15 years of age;
53 (b) has passed the knowledge test required by the division;
54 (c) has passed the physical and mental fitness tests; and
55 (d) has submitted a nonrefundable fee for a learner permit under Section 53-3-105.
56 (4) (a) The division shall supply the learner permit form.
57 (b) The form under Subsection (4)(a) shall include:
58 (i) the applicant's full name, date of birth, sex, Utah residence address, height, weight,
59 and eye color;
60 (ii) the date of issuance and expiration of the permit; and
61 (iii) the conditions and restrictions contained in this section for operating a class D
62 motor vehicle.
63 (5) An application and fee for a learner permit entitle the applicant to:
64 (a) not more than three attempts to pass the knowledge test for a class D license within
65 one year; and
66 (b) a learner permit after the knowledge test is passed.
67 (6) (a) If an applicant has been issued a learner permit under this section or an
68 equivalent by another state or branch of the United States Armed Forces, the applicant may be
69 issued an original or provisional class D license from the division upon:
70 (i) completing a driver education course in a:
71 (A) commercial driver training school licensed under Part 5, Commercial Driver
72 Training Schools Act; or
73 (B) driver education program approved by the State Board of Education or the division;
74 (ii) passing a knowledge test approved by the division that complies with the
75 requirement of Subsection (6)(d);
79 application under Section 53-3-105.
80 (b) In addition to the requirements under Subsection (6)(a), an applicant who is 17
81 years of age or younger is required to hold a learner permit for six months before applying for a
82 provisional class D license.
83 (c) An applicant is exempt from the requirement under Subsection (6)(a)(i) if the
85 (i) is 19 years of age or older;
86 (ii) holds a learner permit for three months before applying for an original class D
87 license; and
88 (iii) certifies that the applicant, under the authority of a permit issued under this
89 chapter, has completed at least 40 hours of driving a motor vehicle, of which at least 10 hours
90 were completed during night hours after sunset.
91 (d) Fifty percent of the test questions included in the knowledge test required under
92 Subsection (6)(a)(ii) shall cover the topic of major causes of traffic related deaths as identified
93 in statistics published by the Highway Safety Office.
94 Section 2. Effective date.
95 This bill takes effect on January 1, 2016.