Teens and Their First License

Steering into the exciting world of driving is a significant milestone in any teen's life. At Wright Driving School, we equip young drivers with the knowledge and confidence they need to navigate Utah's roads safely. This guide outlines key points that teenagers and their parents must understand about obtaining a first driver's license, from age requirements to restrictions and parental responsibilities. If you have any questions or are ready to get started, text us at 240-624-2726!

Age Requirements

Teens can obtain a learner's permit at the age of 15 in Utah, but they must carry the permit for six months before qualifying for a driver's license at 16. During that period, teens must also complete a driver education course, pass an online Traffic Safety and Trends Exam, and fulfill 40 hours of driving supervised by a parent, with 10 hours completed after sunset.

Happy young teen in drivers seat celebrating that he passed his driver's test
Teen boy taking his online exam for his driver's test

Tests and Certifications

In addition to the educational requirements, teens must also undergo several tests before obtaining their license. These tests include an eye examination, a written knowledge assessment, and a practical driving skills test. Teens wishing to operate a motorcycle must also earn a motorcycle endorsement through additional testing.

Restrictions and Exceptions

For the safety of the new driver and others on the road, there are restrictions for 15 and 16-year-olds. They are prohibited from driving between the hours of 12 am and 5 am, with some exceptions such as driving to work or a school-sponsored activity, during agricultural work, or in an emergency. Additionally, teen drivers are not allowed to carry non-family passengers for the first six months after obtaining their license.

Parental Responsibility

Until a teen driver reaches the age of 18, their parent or guardian is required to sign for financial responsibility. This signature can be withdrawn at any time, resulting in the cancellation of the minor's driver's license. Parents also play an integral role in the initial 40 hours of supervised driving training.

daughter and father practicing driving

Getting your teen their first driver's license is not only about completing the necessary steps. It's about developing an awareness of road safety, building confidence, and emphasizing the importance of this responsibility. At Wright Driving School, our experienced team is here to guide you and your teen through the process. Let's work together to ensure your teen becomes a competent and responsible driver. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out.

About Wright Driving School

For over 10 years, Wright Driving School has been Utah’s leader in preparing drivers to successfully pass the DLD Test and obtain their license to drive. We primarily offer driver’s education courses online, in-class and on the road. Wright Driving School offers the driving instruction required of the state of Utah.

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