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.
Special rules apply to drivers who are 65 and older who seek to renew their licenses.
Time limits: All drivers must renew every eight years. You can renew your license online if you verified your identification after Jan 1., 2010.
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.
The DLD can place restrictions or conditions on a person's driver's license. 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
To obtain a disabled placard or plate:
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.
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.