Utah Department of Public Safety

Driver License Division - Refugee and Asylee

Effective July 1, 2011 an applicant who provides acceptable proof of their status as a refugee or an approved ayslee for an original Utah limited-term driver license will have the option of taking the Utah written test in their native language with the assistance of an interpreter.  If the applicant provides proof of their out-of-country driver license, a 25 question open book test will be given.  If the applicant does not provide proof of a previous out-of-country or out-of-state driver license, a 50 question closed book test will be given.

Applicants under the age of 19 must provide proof of completion of an approved driver education course or proof of a previous driver license.  Effective July 1, 2012, an applicant who is 19 years of age or older who has not been licensed or who has not completed an approved course in driver education, may apply for a Utah learner permit.  The learner permit must be held for three months before applying for an original limited-term driver license.


Prior to making an appointment the applicant will need to provide the following documents at a driver license office:

  • Identity document (verified through SAVE);
  • Legal/lawful presence document (verified through SAVE);
  • Social security verification; and
  • Utah residence address verification

Please print this brochure to be sure you have all required documents.

Applicant will need to schedule an appointment online - click here.

When the applicant arrives for their scheduled appointment they will be required to:

  • Pay the license fee;
  • Pass the eye test; and
  • Take the written test in their native language with the assistance of an interpreter approved by the Department of Workforce Services.  Here is a link to our Interpreter list.

Once the written test is passed, the applicant will be issued a temporary driving permit.  Prior to receiving the full driving privilege the applicant will need to pass the driving test with a driver license examiner or a third party tester.  Click here for a list of third party testers.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the applicant will be issued a limited-term driver license with a 4 (four) year expiration date.

When the limited-term expires after the 4 (four) years, the applicant will need to renew their limited-term and will be required to pass the written test in English.  If the applicant is not able to pass the written test, no driving privilege will be issued.

[Last Update - Thursday, 13-Feb-2014 12:53:36 MST]