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What is a Utah Driving Privilege Card?

A driving privilege card (DPC) allows those who do not have an established legal presence in the United States to legally drive, and purchase auto insurance. However, DPCs can only be used for driving purposes and never as a form of identification or age verification.

Generally speaking, a person who may qualify for a Utah driving privilege card:

  •  can’t establish a legal presence in the United States;
  •  is not eligible for a social security number but has an individual tax identification number (ITIN);

In Utah, driving privilege cards will expire one year after the card was issued on the card holder’s birthday. Furthermore, a driver with a DPC cannot obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or a Utah state identification card.

Utah Driving Privilege Card Requirements

To obtain a Utah Driving Privilege Card (DPC), you must:

  • Reside in Utah for at least six months
  • Earn a Utah Learners Permit or pass a Driver Education Course
  • Sign for financial responsibility (in case of a car accident)
  • Your residency in Utah cannot result from temporary reassignment made by an employer, religious organization, or government agency
  • Your driving privileges cannot have been suspended, revoked, denied, or otherwise invalidated in any other state or country

How do I Get a Driving Privilege Card in Utah?

First, you must schedule an appointment with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for either an original or renewal appointment. An original appointment will establish you as a DPC holder, whereas a renewal appointment renews expired DPCs.  During your appointment, you will have to fill out a driver’s license application. You can do this online before you visit your local DMV; print the application and bring it with you to your appointment. 

You will have to provide evidence of your driving privileges granted by other states (if applicable) or countries, or you can submit proof that you have completed a driver education course. If you cannot provide the required proofs, you will have to carry a learner permit for at least 90 days, before receiving a DPC, if you are over 19 years of age.

You will also have to provide evidence of your identity, this includes your name and date of birth; provide your social security card/number, or your individual tax income number (ITIN); and provide two (2) documents proving your Utah residency. 

During your appointment, your photo and fingerprints may be taken. You will also have to pass a written knowledge and driving skills test and pay the associated fees. The fingerprint processing fee is $25.00 (non-refundable); the licensing fee for those aged 21 and over: $52.00; the licensing fee for those aged 20 and under: $39.00. 

What If I’m an International Student?

An international student who qualifies for a United States social security number can apply for a regular Utah driver’s license. However, if the student does not qualify for a social security number, they can apply for a Utah driver privilege card in one of two ways:

  • If you have an individual tax identification number, you can obtain a driving privilege card that will expire one year after issue on your birth date. However, you must be able to prove your identity and your Utah residency; or
  • If you are an international student, who doesn’t qualify for a United States social security number, nor an individual tax identification number, you can obtain a driving privilege card that will expire on your birthday five years after issue; or on the expiration date of your legal presence document, whichever is sooner. However, you must be able to prove that you do not qualify for a social security number, that you are a citizen of another country other than the United States, that you are here legally (a passport with an -94 attachment will work), and your Utah residency.

Auto Insurance and Driving Privilege Cards

Utah DPC cards allow drivers who may be undocumented to obtain auto insurance; lowering uninsured motorist rates. Without a DPC, those residing within Utah illegally would not be able to purchase auto insurance; most insurance companies require a driver’s license of some type before they will apply coverage to a vehicle.

Auto insurance financially protects any party involved in an auto accident, regardless of fault. Without insurance, the at-fault driver may find themselves in financial ruin; especially if the injured party sustains severe injuries or serious property damage. Without insurance, the at-fault driver will be required to pay any damages that result from a car accident out of pocket. 

Furthermore, drivers who live in no-pay-no-play states, and possess a driving privilege card (the states that allow both include California, New Jersey, and Oregon) may find themselves without insurance coverage if an accident occurs, regardless of fault. No-pay-no-play states dictate that a party with no auto insurance cannot receive insurance benefits from a driver who pays insurance fees. Meaning, you won’t be able to make an insurance claim against an at-fault driver without car insurance.

Additionally, without auto insurance, a driver will not have access to Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which is a type of insurance coverage in all no-fault states. In Utah, PIP will cover the first $3,000 of medical treatment per person involved in an accident regardless of fault. However, PIP will only apply if the driver was insured at the time the accident occurred.

Were you or someone you know involved in a recent auto accident? Call Auto Accident Care Network now at 801-683-1948 to connect with a live care advocate. Our team at AACN can connect you to trusted attorneys and doctors to schedule a free legal consultation, a free thirty-minute massage, and a no-cost medical exam!

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