Defensive Driving Training

The State of Utah requires that all employees or volunteers who operate University automobiles, or their own automobiles on University business must complete an approved driving course every 2 years.
University business includes driving your personal vehicle to pick up office supplies, driving to the airport for a conference, etc..

Defensive Driving Training Procedure:
  1. Go to the USU Institutional Learning System
Info! In order to be a permissive driver, the Utah Division of Fleet Management requires drivers submit their driver's license information to be able to compare it to the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles database.

USU's institutional learning system is a secure system for collecting this data.  Once you have completed the defensive driving training, this data will be submited into the Division of Fleet Management's secure database.
Driver's Licenses:

Every person driving an automobile for University-related business must possess a valid and appropriate license to operate the type of automobile involved.

Valid driver's licenses for the State of Utah include:

  • Valid licenses from any state of the USA.
  • An international license.
    • Valid out of country licenses plus the international license must be obtained in the resident country.
  • Licenses from Canada and Mexico, but only for sixty days.

Students from other states are not required to obtain a Utah driver's license unless and until they take any action that constitutes residency, i.e., obtaining employment (including USU employment), buying a residence or property, sending children to Utah schools, etc. Bona fide tourists from foreign countries have one year's grace from the above requirements unless they take action which changes that status, such as accepting employment or attending school anywhere in the U.S. Persons, other than bona fide tourists, in state for more than sixty days must obtain a Utah license.

A Commercial Driver License is required for:
  • A vehicle designed to transport more than 15 persons (including the driver). Use of 12 or 15 passenger vans is prohibited by the Vehicle Use Policy.
  • A single vehicle with a gross automobile weight rate (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds.
  • A trailer with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds if the gross combination weight is more than 26,000 pounds.
  • Any size vehicle which requires hazardous materials placards.
  • Any size vehicle used as a school bus.
Defensive Driving Training has been added to the annual compliance training required of all USU employees.  Because Defensive Driving is only required by the State of Utah every two years, Defensive Driving Training will be required of all USU employees every odd year (i.e. 2021, 2023, 2025).

Some employees will need to take the Defensive Driving Training two years in a row, but once an employee is caught up to the training cycle, they will revert back to taking it every odd year.

  • If you start working or driving for USU in an even year, you will need to take the Defensive Driving Training as part of the onboarding process and then you will be asked to take it again in the next odd year.