State Driving Laws Database

Driver Information By State

Every state regulates driver's license eligibility of persons with certain medical conditions. The most common requirement for people with epilepsy is that they be seizure free for a specific period of time and submit a physician's evaluation of their ability to drive safely. Another common requirement is the periodic submission of medical reports, in some states for a specified period of time and in others for as long as the person remains licensed.

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LawUtah
DMV Appeal of License DenialYes
Doctors to Report EpilepsyNo
Periodic Medical Updates Required After Licensing At discretion of Medical Advisory Board
Seizure-Free Period3 months, with exceptions

Utah Driver Licensing Laws

To be considered for a non-commercial operator's license, an individual should be seizure-free on or off medications without side effects for at least 3 months. Driving restrictions may also be imposed (i.e. limitations on speed, area and time of day), if recommended by their health care professional. A non-commercial operator's license may be issued after an appropriate seizure-free interval which is confirmed by a medical report under the following circumstances: when one has had (1) a single seizure or cluster of seizures (in the process of evaluation, or other special circumstances); (2) seizures occurring only in sleep over a period of 3 or more years; (3) seizures so limited as not to interfere with control, if stable for 1-year period; (4) seizures recurring when medication has been reduced on a health care professional’s advice to change or discontinue medication and a corrective change has been made as recommended by the healthcare professional; or (5) a seizure induced by a clearly identifiable cause that is not likely to recur. 

In evaluating applicants for licensing, the Utah State Driver Licensing Division instructs physicians to follow the guidelines of driving functional ability outlined in the State of Utah Functional Ability In Driving: Guidelines and Standards for Health Care Professionals (November 2006 ed.), Category E, Seizures and Other Episodic Conditions. [See http://www.publicsafety.utah.gov/dld/docs/catE1.pdf; UTAH ADMIN. CODE R708-7-10 (2011)]. The guidelines categorize epilepsy and episodic conditions into 8 levels according to the seriousness of the impairment and the corresponding license restrictions. Individuals must refrain from driving if there is uncertainty due to a physical, mental or emotional impairment which may affect driving safety [UTAH ADMIN. CODE R708-7-5(1)(A)]. This is meant to include side effects of medication or associated problems that may affect driving safety. Individuals who apply for or hold a license and have, develop, or suspect that they have developed a physical, mental, or emotional impairment, or associated side effects, which may affect driving safety, are responsible for reporting this to the Department of Public Safety, Driver License Division. [UTAH ADMIN. CODE R. 708-7-5(1)(C)]. Restricted licenses are available. [UTAH CODE ANN. § 53-3-304(2)(a)].

In addition, "Any physician or other person who becomes aware of a physical, mental or emotional impairment which appears to present an imminent threat to driving safety and reports this information to the Department of Public Safety, through its agents, in good faith shall have immunity from any damages claimed as a result of so doing." [UTAH CODE ANN. § 53-3-303(14)(C)]. 

An individual who falsifies information about a medical condition on his or her application may have the license suspended for misrepresentation. An individual whose license has been denied for medical reasons is distinguished from those whose license has been suspended or revoked for driving violations. Appeals may be made through the Medical Program Coordinator and then to the Medical Advisory Board for recommendations. A person whose license has been denied, suspended or revoked may request a review of the department's action by the panel. The request must be in writing and submitted within 10 days of receiving notice of the action. [UTAH ADMIN. CODE R708-7-7(2); UTAH CODE ANN. § 53-3-303(10)(a)]. Judicial review is available [UTAH CODE ANN. § 53-3-303(11)(a)].

Commercial Driving

Utah has adopted the medical standards of the federal Department of Transportation for granting commercial driver licenses. [UTAH CODE ANN. § 53-3-303.5(2)]. However, an intrastate commercial license may be issued depending upon the individual’s degree of seizure control. [State of Utah Functional Ability In Driving: Guidelines and Standards for Health Care Professionals (November 2006 ed.)].

Utah Identification Card

Utah residents may obtain an identification card at a Department of Public Safety examining station by presenting a birth certificate and social security card. An identification card for a person with a disability is $18.00. If an individual becomes unable to drive and voluntarily surrenders his or her driver’s license, an identification card may be obtained at no charge.

Utah Reporting

There is no provision requiring health care professionals to report their patients [UTAH ADMIN. R. 708-7-6]. However, "Any physician or other person who becomes aware of a physical, mental or emotional impairment which appears to present an imminent threat to driving safety and reports this information to the Department of Public Safety, through its agents, in good faith shall have immunity from any damages claimed as a result of so doing.” [Utah Code Ann. §53-3-303(14)(c)].

© 2014 Epilepsy Foundation. All rights reserved. This summary was developed for informational purposes by the Epilepsy Foundation and reflects a review of data available as of August 2014. Information is subject to change. This summary is not a substitute for legal advice. For further information, please consult your state Department of Motor Vehicles.

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