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Moving to Utah for work.
Visa Status: F-1 Student.
Driver License: Indian (in English).

  • Would I need to give a test (written/road) to get the Limited-Term Driving License (LTDL)?
  • What would be the validity of the LTDL in my case?
  • Can I drive anywhere in the USA with the LTDL?
  • Can the LTDL be used as a REAL ID, to board domestic flights?
  • Is a LTDL renewable?


I have all the documents listed here: https://dld.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2015/01/DLD-335-Brochure-Rev-2016-05.pdf

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There's some more info here.

It doesn't answer all your questions.

  • You will have to take written and road tests.
  • "The expiration date of your license would be the date of your legal presence document or five years, whichever is sooner; or one year from the date of issuance if there is no expiration date"
  • Yes, you can drive anywhere in the USA with the card
  • This is unclear. Regular driver's licenses from Utah do meet REAL ID requirements. I suspect a Limited term DL would be compliant too.
  • It does not say. The Asylee/Refugee section says that it can be renewed if the holder can now pass an English language written test when the first license expires after 4 years.
  • As I understand it, the limited term is required for Real ID compliance. I believe that some states even give licenses that have a limited term for Real ID but a longer term for driving privilege. It would be very surprising indeed if the license were not acceptable for Real ID. – phoog Feb 13 '18 at 22:24
  • I agree with @phoog. Real ID requires that DL/ID cards expire when legal presence does, so it seems like the purpose of a DL that is issued with that constraint would be Real ID compliance. California Real ID DLs issued to non-immigrants don't have a special name but do have their expiry set to the end of legal presence. – Dennis Feb 13 '18 at 23:34

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