Utah Driving Laws for Seniors and Older Drivers

Learn about driving provisions and special programs focused on keeping both Utah's older drivers and roadways safe.

While the myriad rules and regulations enforced by both the Utah Driver License Division (DLD) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) apply to drivers of all ages and stages, the state imposes some special requirements and restrictions on older drivers.

Utah state rules are explained in more detail below, but a couple of them focus on identifying and handling older drivers who may have become unsafe behind the wheel.

Specifically, Utah:

  • requires drivers age 65 and older to pass a vision test each time they renew their licenses, and
  • accepts requests from family members, neighbors and others for the DLD to conduct unsafe driver investigations.

License Renewal Rules for Older Drivers

Special rules apply to drivers who are 65 and older who seek to renew their licenses.

Time limits: All drivers must renew every five years.

Vision test: Required at every renewal for drivers age 65 and older. DLD personnel will conduct a test free. If more comprehensive testing is required, drivers must have an exam performed by an outside healthcare professional, who must complete a Certificate of Visual Examination and conduct the exam within six months of the renewal request.

Written test: May be required if the DLD receives information about potential unsafe driving.

Road test: May be required if the DLD receives information about potential unsafe driving.

Possible License Restrictions

The DLD can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver. The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses.

In Utah, other common requirements the DLD may impose on older drivers include:

  • wearing a mechanical aid or compensatory device while driving
  • wearing a prosthetic aid while driving
  • driving vehicles equipped with outside rearview mirrors
  • no nighttime driving, and
  • any other restrictions the DLD deems appropriate.

How to Request an Unsafe Driver Investigation in Utah

The Utah DLD will accept information from family members and other concerned citizens with knowledge that a driver may be unsafe on the road.

Those who wish to express their concerns must complete a form, Unsafe Driver Report, have it notarized and submit it to the DLD address noted on the form. The form must include the complainant’s address, phone number, and signature; no anonymous complaints will be accepted—although confidentiality may be requested.

Reporting Requirement for Drivers

Utah is one of only a few states that require drivers to complete a health questionnaire verifying that they are physically and emotionally fit to drive. Those with significant health problems—including diabetes, pulmonary or neurologic, psychiatric, emotional, or other conditions that may impede driving—may be required to be examined by a healthcare professional who must complete a comprehensive Functional Ability Evaluation Medical Report.

How to Get a License Reinstated

For information on how to get back a license that has been suspended or revoked in Utah, contact one of the DLD offices located throughout the state.

How to Get Parking Placards or License Plates for a Disabled Driver

Disabled person parking placards and license plates can be issued to drivers with impaired mobility if a licensed medical practitioner certifies the condition.

The placards and plates are available for those who:

  • cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
  • cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assisting device
  • are severely restricted by lung disease
  • use portable oxygen
  • have a severe cardiac condition, or
  • are severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

To obtain a disabled placard or plate:

Learn More About Utah Driving Rules for Seniors

Websites operated by the Driver License Division (DLD) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) contain a wealth of information for Utah drivers, including licensing and vehicle registration requirements.

Of special interest is the “Driver Handbook” which includes explanations of the laws and regulations that apply to Utah drivers, as well as local rules of the road.

Where to Find a Lawyer for Help

You can use Nolo’s Lawyer Directory to find a local lawyer experienced in representing older people who need help with auto accidents or traffic tickets in Utah.

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