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R708. Public Safety, Driver License.

Rule R708-14. Adjudicative Proceedings For Driver License Actions Involving Alcohol and Drugs.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R708-14-1. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to establish procedures to be used by the Utah Driver License Division for alcohol and drug adjudicative proceedings.

R708-14-2. Authority.

This rule is authorized by Section 53-3-104 and Subsection 63G-4-203(1).

R708-14-3. Definitions.

(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 63G-4-103.

(2) In addition;

(a) "division" means the Driver License Division of the Utah Department of Public Safety;

(b) "division record" means the entire division file, including written reports received or generated by the division. It also includes, but is not limited to, minutes, written comments, presiding officer's written statements and summaries, testimony, evidence, findings of fact, conclusions of law, recommendations, and orders;

(c) "hearing" means an alcohol or drug adjudicative proceeding where evidence is considered to determine an issue of fact;

(d) "hearing officer" means a division employee with authority to conduct a hearing; and

(e) "recording" means documenting, by electronic or other means, the testimony or information presented at an alcohol or drug adjudicative proceeding.

R708-14-4. Designations.

(1) In compliance with Section 63G-4-202, all division alcohol and drug adjudicative proceedings are designated as informal proceedings, unless converted to formal proceedings by a presiding officer or division supervisor.

(2) An informal proceeding may be converted to a formal proceeding only if approved by a division supervisor and only if the conversion will promote efficiency, public safety, and not unreasonably increase cost.

(3) The driver may represent himself or be represented by a State Licensed attorney in the adjudicative proceeding.

R708-14-5. Authority for Conducting Adjudicative Proceedings.

Alcohol and drug adjudicative proceedings will be conducted in accordance with Sections 41-6a-521, 53-3-223, 53-3-231, 53-3-418, 63G-4-203, and this rule.

R708-14-6. Commencement of Adjudicative Proceedings.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 63G-4-201, alcohol and drug adjudicative proceedings may be commenced by:

(a) a notice of division action, if the proceedings are commenced by the division; or

(b) a request for division action, if the proceedings are commenced by a person other than the division.

(2) A notice of division action and request for division action shall include the information set forth in Subsections 63G-4-201(2)(a) and (3)(a) respectively. In addition, a request for division action shall include the petitioner's full name, date of birth, and the date of arrest or occurrence which prompted the request for division action.

R708-14-7. Alcohol and Drug Adjudicative Proceedings.

The alcohol and drug adjudicative proceedings deal with the following types of hearings:

(a) driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (per-se), Section 53-3-223;

(b) implied consent (refusal), Section 41-6a-520;

(c) measurable metabolite in body, Section 41-6a-517;

(d) consumption by a minor (not a drop), Section 53-3-231; and

(e) CDL (.04), Section 53-3-418.

R708-14-8. Hearing Procedures.

(1) Alcohol and drug adjudicative proceedings will be held in the county of arrest or a county which is adjacent to the county in which the offense occurred, at a time and place designated by the division, or agreed upon by the parties.

(2) Notice shall be given as provided in Subsection 53-3-216(4) unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties. Notice shall be given on a form approved by the division and is deemed to be signed by the presiding officer. The notice need only inform the parties as to the date, time, place, and basic purpose of the proceeding. The parties are deemed to have knowledge of the law.

(3) If the driver fails to respond timely to a division request or notice, a default may be entered in accordance with Section 63G-4-209.

(4) The parties and witnesses may testify under oath, present evidence, and comment on pertinent issues. The hearing officer may exclude irrelevant, repetitious, immaterial, or privileged information or evidence. The hearing officer may consider hearsay evidence and receive documentary evidence, including copies or excerpts.

(5) The driver shall have access to information in the division file to the extent permitted by law.

(6) Discovery is prohibited, but the division may issue subpoenas or other orders to compel production of necessary evidence. Subpoenas may be issued by the division at the request of the driver if the costs of the subpoenas are paid by the driver and will not delay the proceeding.

(7) The hearing officer has discretion to take administrative notice of records, procedures, rules, policies, technical scientific facts within the hearing officer's specialized knowledge or experience, or of any other facts that could be judicially noticed.

(8) The hearing officer may:

(a) administer oaths;

(b) issue subpoenas;

(c) conduct prehearing conferences by telephone or in person to clarify issues, dispose of procedural questions, and expedite the hearing;

(d) audio record or take notes of the hearing at his discretion; and

(e) take appropriate measures to preserve the integrity of the hearing.

(9) The hearing officer shall make a recommendation to the presiding officer regarding action to be taken following the hearing.

R708-14-9. Findings, Conclusions, Recommendations and Orders.

(1) Statements reflecting findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation may be written on forms that utilize a system of check boxes and fill in blanks.

(2) Within a reasonable period of time after the close of the hearing, the completed recommendation form will be transmitted to the presiding officer for the preparation of an order that complies with Subsection 63G-4-203(1)(i).

R708-14-10. Reconsideration.

In accordance with Section 63G-4-302 a driver may file a request for reconsideration of the order within 20 days after receiving it. If the division does not issue an amended order within 20 days after receiving the request for reconsideration, the request for reconsideration shall be considered denied, and the driver may seek judicial review in accordance with Section 63G-4-402.


adjudicative proceedings

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

November 1, 2018

Notice of Continuation

January 8, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

53-3-104; 63G-4-203(1)

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R708, please contact the promulgating agency (Public Safety, Driver License). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.