2022 Utah Code
Title 53 - Public Safety Code
Chapter 3 - Uniform Driver License Act
Part 2 - Driver Licensing Act
Section 206 - Examination of applicant's physical and mental fitness to drive a motor vehicle.

Universal Citation: UT Code § 53-3-206 (2022)
Effective 1/1/2023
53-3-206. Examination of applicant's physical and mental fitness to drive a motor vehicle.
  • (1) The division shall examine every applicant for a license, including a test of the applicant's:
    • (a) eyesight either:
      • (i) by the division; or
      • (ii) by allowing the applicant to furnish to the division a statement from a physician licensed under Title 58, Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act, or an optometrist licensed under Title 58, Chapter 16a, Utah Optometry Practice Act;
    • (b) ability to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic;
    • (c) ability to read and understand simple English used in highway traffic and directional signs;
    • (d) knowledge of the state traffic laws;
    • (e) other physical and mental abilities the division finds necessary to determine the applicant's fitness to drive a motor vehicle safely on the highways; and
    • (f) ability to exercise ordinary and responsible control driving a motor vehicle, as determined by actual demonstration or other indicator.
  • (2)
    • (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (1) or any other provision of law, the division shall allow a refugee, an approved asylee, or a covered humanitarian parolee to take an examination of the person's knowledge of the state traffic laws in the person's native language:
      • (i) the first time the person applies for a limited-term license certificate; and
      • (ii) the first time the person applies for a renewal of a limited-term license certificate.
    • (b) Upon the second renewal of a refugee's, an approved asylee's, or a covered humanitarian parolee's limited-term license certificate for a refugee, an approved asylee, or a covered humanitarian parolee that has taken the knowledge exam in the person's native language under Subsection (2)(a), the division shall re-examine the person's knowledge of the state traffic laws in English.
    • (c) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the division shall make rules establishing the procedures and requirements for a refugee, an approved asylee, or a covered humanitarian parolee to take an examination of the person's knowledge of the state traffic laws in the person's native language.
  • (3)
    • (a) For an applicant for an original or a renewal of a class D license, other than a driving privilege card or a limited term license certificate, the division shall provide the examination of a person's knowledge of the state traffic laws in five commonly spoken languages in the state, other than English, as determined under Subsection (3)(c).
    • (b) An applicant for an original or a renewal of a class D license, other than a driving privilege card or a limited term license certificate, may request to take the examination of the person's knowledge of the state traffic laws in a language other than English, if the requested language is one of five commonly spoken languages in the state as determined under Subsection (3)(c).
    • (c)
      • (i) The Division of Multicultural Affairs created in Section 9-21-201 shall recommend five commonly spoken languages in the state, other than English, for examination of a person's knowledge of the state traffic laws.
      • (ii) The division shall offer the examination of a person's knowledge of the state traffic laws in the five commonly spoken languages, other than English, recommended by the Division of Multicultural Affairs created in Section 9-21-201.
  • (4) The division shall determine whether any facts exist that would bar granting a license under Section 53-3-204.
  • (5) The division shall examine each applicant according to the class of license applied for.
  • (6) An applicant for a CDL shall meet all additional requirements of Part 4, Uniform Commercial Driver License Act, of this chapter.


Amended by Chapter 16, 2022 General Session
Amended by Chapter 105, 2022 General Session
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