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The Utah Department of Public Safety - Driver License Division is the government agency responsible for maintaining and issuing driver license records to authorized individuals. The office acts like a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). They offer them to the individual driver, government agencies, and also companies. Insurance companies use these reports when setting insurance rates. In addition, employers may use them for background checks.

The state offers only two types of driving records. The first is a regular driver history for the subject. These are most often ordered by the individual for personal use. Requestors can get them in certified or non-certified format. The other report is a CDL driver history, and these are most often used by companies during a background check or employers when hiring new drivers.

The records from Utah contain personal information. Therefore, all requestors must comply with strict Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws. The data will be the driver's name, address, social security number, date of birth, and a physical description (eye/hair color, weight, and height). The other information on the report will be accident history, driving convictions, traffic violations, license status, license suspensions, cancellations, and revocations. CDL records will also contain medical data.

How to Request a Copy of Your Utah Driving History

The state offers three ways to get a copy of a driving history record. They strongly encourage requestors to use the online system, allowing someone to get a copy of their own, or re-download it later. They also have an area for employers, insurance companies, and other entities to sign up for an account and get frequent reports.

They also allow people to request records using a variety of different request forms. The completed form, along with payment of the fee, must be returned to:

Department of Public Safety
Driver License Division
P.O. Box 144501
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4501

The requestor can fill out a particular form to get a certified driving record. However, those records take about two weeks to arrive.

The other way to receive records is in person at a Department of Public Safety - Driver License Division office.

Motor Vehicle Records Cost

The cost for a driving record is $8, regardless of how the requestor orders it. Both certified and non-certified records cost the same amount. When ordering in person, the requestor can pay in cash or by check. When ordering through the mail, they can pay with a check or money order, and when ordering online, they can use a credit card or debit card.

Driving Laws in the State

 Some driving laws in the state of Utah consist of:

The minimum driving age in Utah is 16 years old. All drivers must have a valid license. Visitors from other states or countries may drive in Utah as long as they have a current driver license and are at least 16 years old.

On most highways, the speed limit is 65 or 70 miles per hour, particularly in urban areas along the Wasatch Front and eastbound to Park City. Speed limits increase to75 or 80 miles per hour on interstate highways and 65 miles per hour on some state highways. These increased speeds are only allowed where they are clearly posted. Transition zones from one speed limit to another are indicated with pavement markings and additional signs. Watch for decreased speed limits on state highways that pass through towns.

Right turns are allowed on a red light after the vehicle has come to a complete stop, except where signs prohibit.

Prohibition on using a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle — Exceptions — Penalties.

  • (1) As used in this section:
    • (a) "Handheld wireless communication device" means a handheld device used for the transfer of information without the use of electrical conductors or wires.
    • (b) "Handheld wireless communication device" includes a:
      • (i) wireless telephone;
      • (ii) text messaging device;
      • (iii) laptop; or
      • (iv) any substantially similar communication device that is readily removable from the vehicle and is used to write, send, or read text or data through manual input.
    • (c) "Handheld wireless communication device" does not include a two-way radio device described in 47 C.F.R. Part 90, 95, or 97.
  • (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person may not use a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway in this state to manually:
    • (a) write, send, or read a written communication, including:
      • (i) a text message;
      • (ii) an instant message; or
      • (iii) electronic mail;
    • (b) dial a phone number;
    • (c) access the Internet;
    • (d) view or record video; or
    • (e) enter data into a handheld wireless communication device.
  • (3) Subsection (2) does not prohibit a person from using a handheld wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle:
    • (a) when using a handheld communication device for voice communication;
    • (b) to view a global positioning or navigation device or a global positioning or navigation application;
    • (c) during a medical emergency;
    • (d) when reporting a safety hazard or requesting assistance relating to a safety hazard;
    • (e) when reporting criminal activity or requesting assistance relating to criminal activity;
    • (f) when used by a law enforcement officer or emergency service personnel acting within the course and scope of the law enforcement officer's or emergency service personnel's employment; or
    • (g) to operate:
      • (i) hands-free or voice-operated technology; or
      • (ii) a system that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle.
  • (4) A person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a:
    • (a) class C misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $100; or
    • (b) class B misdemeanor if the person:
      • (i) has also inflicted serious bodily injury upon another as a proximate result of using a handheld wireless communication device in violation of this section while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway in this state; or
      • (ii) has a prior conviction under this section, that is within three years of:
        • (A) the current conviction under this section; or
        • (B) the commission of the offense upon which the current conviction is based.

You can talk on your phone while driving, but you are prohibited from manipulating your device while driving, meaning you cannot dial a phone number while driving.

If a person has moved to Utah for the purpose of establishing residency or has been employed in Utah for over 60 days on a permanent assignment or has lived in the state for 60 days or more, then you need to get a Utah driver license.
Utah law requires you to register your vehicle in Utah within 60 days if you:

  • Have established a permanent home for yourself and your family in this state;
  • Live in Utah, continuously or non-continuously, for a total of six months, regardless of whether you have a permanent residence in another state;
  • Engage in a trade, profession, or occupation in Utah, or accept other than seasonal work in the state and do not commute into the state;
  • Declare yourself a resident of Utah to obtain privileges not ordinarily extended to nonresidents, including going to school, enrolling your children in local schools without paying nonresident tuition or fees;
  • Claim a primary residential property tax exemption on a home located in Utah;
  • Or obtain a Utah driver license

A full and complete stop is required at all stop signs.

Children ages 8 and younger, unless over 57 inches tall, must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Youths ages 8 through 18 must be restrained in a car seat or seat belt. For a person age 19 or older, not wearing a safety belt is a primary offense. This law applies to all seating positions that are equipped with seat belts.

Helmet use is mandatory for motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers under the age of 18.

The state uses a points system to keep track of moving violations. Some examples of point citations are:

  • Reckless Driving - 80
  • Careless Driving - 50
  • Speeding (depending on severity) - 35 - 75
  • Failure to Yield Right-of-Way - 60
  • Following too Closely (tailgating) - 60
  • Wrong Side of Road - 60
  • Wrong Way on One-Way Street - 60
  • Impeding Traffic - 50
  • Red Light - 50
  • Stop Sign - 50
  • Improper Lookout - 50
  • Improper Passing - 50
  • Negligent Collision - 50
  • Other Moving Violations - 40

Different Types of Driving Reports in the State

The state offers only two types of driver records. The first is for regular drivers, and the second is for commercial drivers. Both versions can be purchased in either certified or non-certified versions.

M.V.R. - Regular Motor Vehicle Driver Record (certified or non-certified)

The regular record contains all records of conviction for moving violations and suspensions within the past three (3) years AND all alcohol/drug‐related violations, suspensions, and revocations within the past ten (10) years.

CDL-MVR - Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Record (certified or non-certified)

The commercial driver record contains ALLrecords of conviction for moving violations, including pleas in abeyance, suspensions, revocations, disqualifications, licenses, and out‐of‐state accidents. (Driver must hold a current CDL license to obtain a CDL‐MVR.)

Criminal Driving Offenses

In Utah, criminal driving offenses are serious crimes with harsh penalties such as the loss of a driver's license, jail or prison sentence, and huge fines. Some judges order offenders to take a defensive driving course. Some examples of criminal driving offenses in the state include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Tailgating
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Hit and run
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Failure to stop for an officer

Civil Driving Offenses

Civil driving offenses are far less serious, usually resulting in only a warning or a traffic ticket (fine). Some examples of these infractions are:

  • Not stopping at a red light
  • Illegal parking
  • Illegal modification to a vehicle
  • Unregistered vehicle
  • Expired license plates
  • Improper passing
  • Improper lookout

State Department of Motor Vehicles Driving Records Statistics

The state keeps track of all driving data and uses it to improve roadways safety. Some interesting statistics from the Utah Department of Health include:

  • A crash occurs in Utah every 8 minutes, a person is injured in a crash every 20 minutes, and a person dies in a crash every 33 hours
  • Motor vehicle crashes take a terrible toll on Utah families and communities and are a leading cause of injury-related death for Utahns
  • According to the Utah Highway Safety Office, in 2018, there were 62,074 motor vehicle crashes on public roadways in Utah, resulting in 25,645 injured persons and 260 deaths
  • In 2017, 28 teen drivers were involved in a fatal crash; a total of 28 people were killed in these crashes, including nine of the 28 teen drivers. Improper lane travel was the number one contributing factor in fatal crashes in 2017 involving a teen driver. Crashes involving teenage driver vehicles traveling 50 mph or higher were 5.5 times more likely to be fatal
  • The good news is, teen driver crashes have been decreasing since 1996. And with passage of Utah's Graduated Driver License or G.D.L. laws, the motor vehicle crash death rate for teens ages 15-17 has decreased by 62% since 1999

Driver License Record Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

Who Can Get a Copy of Your Utah Driving Record?

Anyone with your written authorization (notarized) can get a copy of your driving record. However, they must comply with all DPPA laws when purchasing the information.

Can I Get a Driving Record Online?

Yes. The state strongly encourages using the online system over getting records through the mail or in person. Certified copies take longer to get.

What Information Do I Need to Get a DMV Driving Record?

When requesting a copy for yourself, you need your name, date of birth, and driver's license number. When ordering for another person, you must also have their notarized signature and consent.

Does the State Use a Points System?

Yes, the state uses a strict points system for violations. Two of the stipulations of this law are:

"A driver under 21 years of age, who accumulates 70 or more points in three (3) years, may be suspended or denied for one (1) month to a year, depending upon the severity of the record."

"A driver 21 years of age or older, who accumulates 200 or more points in three (3) years, may be suspended for three (3) months to a year, depending upon the severity of the record."

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.