Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R708. Public Safety, Driver License.

Rule R708-39. Physical and Mental Fitness Testing.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R708-39-1. Purpose.

Section 53-3-206 provides that the Driver License Division shall conduct testing of an applicant's physical and mental fitness to drive a motor vehicle. The purpose of this rule is to address how the division will carry out that testing.

R708-39-2. Authority.

This rule is authorized by Section 53-3-206.

R708-39-3. Physical and Mental Fitness Testing.

The division will examine an applicant's physical and mental fitness by testing for the following things: eyesight; ability to read and understand simple English used for highway signs; knowledge of the state traffic laws; 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 ability to exercise ordinary and responsible control driving a motor vehicle as determined by actual demonstration or other indicator. A doctor's statement may be required when deemed necessary by the division.

R708-39-4. Knowledge Testing.

(1) In addition to other tests, the division may test an applicant's knowledge of the state's traffic laws and rules before issuing a driver license. The applicant must complete 80% of the questions correctly to pass the knowledge test.

(2) The division may waive the knowledge test for a renewal if the applicant meets the requirements stated in Section 53-3-214.

(3) The division may administer the knowledge test in the following ways: a written test; an oral test for those who have difficulty understanding and/or reading the English language; a group test; and an open book test so applicant's can learn how to use the Driver License Handbook.


physical and mental fitness testing

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

April 21, 2010

Notice of Continuation

January 20, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


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.