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After your DUI arrest in Utah, you must act quickly to protect your Driver’s License, get your car out of impound, and prevent default legal action from being taken against you. Read more about the first steps to take after your DUI arrest and download the forms you need to complete.

Vehicle Impound Recovery

If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Utah, chances are the first thing you’ll want to do is get your car out of impound. Utah law says:

If a police officer arrests, cites, or refers for administrative action the operator of a vehicle for DUI, the police officer shall seize and impound the vehicle. (See Utah Code Ann. §41-6a-527(1)).
Note: You must clear your vehicle for release with the DMV before the impound lot can allow you to take your car.

To get your vehicle out of impound, you will need to do the following:

  • Go to the nearest DMV Office and present proper evidence of ownership. (eg: title, registration card, bill of sale).
  • Present your copy of the TC-540 Vehicle Impound Report, which is given to you by the arresting officer.
  • Present picture ID.*
  • Pay the $330 DUI impound fee. (See Utah Code Ann. §41-6a-1406(6)(a)(iv)).
  • Obtain a Letter of Impound Release from the DMV.
  • Contact the impound/tow yard. (This is usually listed on the Vehicle Impound Report).
  • Present the above Letter of Impound Release and Picture ID at the impound/tow yard.
  • Pay towing and storage fees.

*If you had a Utah driver license at the time of arrest, it will be confiscated by the arresting officer. It will not be returned to you before your License Hearing. To get your vehicle out of impound, contact your local DMV office to confirm whether or not they will accept the temporary license as identification. If not, you will need to get a State ID Card from the DMV office to obtain the letter of impound release.


Request a DLD License Hearing

If you have a Utah Driver’s License at the time of your arrest, it will be confiscated by the arresting officer. Your license will be mailed to the Driver License Division pending the outcome of your license hearing. It will not be returned to you prior to this hearing.

The Utah Driver License Division will automatically suspend your driving privileges if you do not request a DLD (Driver License Division) hearing within 10 calendar days of your arrest.

Download, print and fill out the DLD Hearing Request Form. Once completed, you can fax this document to (801) 964-4499, or mail it to the PO Box address at the top of the form.

A DUI Attorney can advise you on ways to keep your driver’s license, and having one represent you at your DLD Hearing will greatly improve your chances. Find a Utah DUI Attorney serving your area.


Find a DUI Attorney

If you are arrested for drunk driving in Utah, a competent DUI lawyer can help you keep your driver’s license, keep you out of jail, reduce your penalties and make sure that your interests are represented in court and with the DMV.

You don’t want a public defender. Here’s why: Public defenders work in concert with the County Prosecuter’s office to quickly push offenders through the system. If you’re facing severe penalties for a DUI, the last thing you want is to have your lawyer working for the prosecution.

Secondly, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a public defender is a “free lawyer”. You will be charged for their legal fees if you are convicted. Think about that. They get to send you a bill – not if they get you off – only if you are convicted.

If you think we’re exaggerating about all this, consider that the ACLU determined Utah’s Public Defender’s Office to be so stacked against defendants, that it amounted to a violation of the Constitutional Right to Due Process. The Utah Public Defender’s Office has even been sued in Federal Court - by their own attorneys.

Utah’s DUI penalties can be severe. Find an experienced DUI Attorney with flexible, affordable payment plans that often amount to much less than the fines and fees that come with a conviction.


Reinstate your Driver’s License

Even if your Driver’s License has been suspended after a DUI, you will be eligible to reinstate it after the suspension period has expired. The steps you need to take to get your license back depend on whether it was suspended or revoked.

When eligible to reinstate your driver’s license following a suspension, you must go to the nearest DMV Office and;

  • Obtain and fill out a license reinstatement application. (Note: only if the DMV no longer has your license on file),
  • Pay a $25.00 license application fee. (Note: only if the DMV no longer has your license on file)(See Utah Code Ann. §53-3-105(1))
  • Pay a $65.00 reinstatement fee. (See Utah Code Ann. §53-3-105(23)(a))
  • Pay a $170.00 administrative fee. (See Utah Code Ann. §53-3-105(24)(a) and Utah Code Ann. §53-3-105(24)(b))
  • Make check or money order payable to: Utah Department of Public Safety
  • Other fees may apply

When eligible to reinstate your driver’s license following a revocation, you must go to the nearest DMV Office and;