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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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The State of Indiana issues new driver’s licenses at BMV license branches. All applicants for new driver’s licenses must meet Indiana SecureID requirements. A SecureID credential issued by the Indiana BMV meets federal identification requirements. The issuance of a SecureID credential requires an applicant to present documents verifying their identity, Social Security number, lawful status and Indiana residency.

Persons who are not United States citizens (persons with temporary or permanent lawful status) are also required to have a SecureID and must present full documentation to be issued a new credential, or to, renew or amend a credential. This includes providing documents which demonstrate identity, Social Security number (or ineligibility for a SSN), lawful status and Indiana residency. This documentation is not required when replacing a valid SecureID.

Beginning in 2020, you will be required to provide a SecureID credential to fly on commercial flights and enter certain federal facilities. Indiana residents that have not already made application for a SecureID, should do so during their next renewal.

Driver's License Types

Probationary Driver's License

If you are under the age of 21 when you obtain your Indiana driver's license, your license is considered probationary. To obtain a probationary driver's license, you must meet Indiana’s age requirements below and have held a learner's permit for 180 days (approximately six months). You may also need a co-signer for financial liability and a log of supervised driving, if you are under the age of 18 years old.

Age Requirements for a Probationary Driver’s License

If you have successfully completed an approved driver education program you must be at least 16 years and 90 days old (approximately 16 years and three months) to obtain a driver's license.

If you have not successfully completed an approved driver education program you must be at least 16 years and 270 days old (approximately 16 years and nine months) to obtain a driver's license.

A probationary driver’s license cannot be renewed until after your 21st birthday. You will have 30 days after your 21st birthday to renew your driver’s license before you will be required to pay a delinquent fee.

Driver's License

If you are 21 years of age or older, your Indiana driver's license is not probationary.

Renew your Driver’s License

You may renew your driver’s license online or at any Indiana license branch up to one year before the license expires. A knowledge test is not required when you renew a driver’s license, unless you have accumulated six or more points on your driver record since your previous renewal, or your license has been expired for more than 180 days.

Renew or Replace your Credential Online

If you are under the age of 75, you may renew your driver’s license online if:

  • your name and address have remained the same since the last time you received your driver’s license, or
  • you do not require testing, or
  • your previous renewal/issuance transaction was completed in a BMV license branch.

You will need to know your legal name, date of birth, residential address, driver’s license number/identification card number, and Social Security number in order to renew or replace your license or identification card online. Individuals with temporary or permanent lawful status are not able to utilize the online renewal resources and must visit a branch location to complete a renewal or replacement transaction.

Endorsements and Restrictions

Endorsements and restrictions change the circumstances in which an individual may operate a motor vehicle. Some endorsements and restrictions also apply to identification cards.

Additional Licenses and Endorsements

Indiana also issues licenses for commercial driver’s licenses, chauffeurs and public passenger chauffeurs licenses, and motorcycle endorsements.

Examinations and Screening

Knowledge examination

You do not need to schedule an appointment for a knowledge examination unless you need to have the test read to you. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge examination.

Vision screening

The vision screening test measures your visual acuity.

 

Driving skills test

You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving skills test.

 

If you need to visit a BMV license branch, here is a list of BMV locations.

 

Other Documentation You May Need to Get an Indiana Driver’s License

Log of supervised driving

Indiana law requires persons with a learner’s permit to complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed instructor or:

  • If the individual is less than 18 years of age:
    • A licensed driver, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 25 years of age and related by blood, marriage or legal status
    • A spouse, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 21 years of age
    • An individual with valid driving privileges who is licensed as a driver education instructor and is working under the direction of a driver training school
    • An individual with valid driving privileges who is certified as a driver rehabilitation specialist recognized by the BMV and is employed through a driver rehabilitation program
  • If the individual is over 18 years of age:
    • A licensed driver, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 25 years of age
    • A spouse, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 21 years of age

At least 10 hours of supervised driving practice must be nighttime driving. The practice time must be maintained in a Log of Supervised Driving and presented to the BMV at the time of application for a driver’s license. If you have a restriction G on your learner’s permit, you do not need to complete the 10 hours of nighttime driving; however, you must still complete the 50 hours total.

Agreement of financial liability

If you are younger than 18 years of age, Indiana law requires that an applicant for a learner’s permit or driver’s license obtain an automotive liability insurance co-signer. The co-signer must swear or affirm that their automotive insurance policy will cover the juvenile in the event of an accident. The following individual, in order of preference, may co-sign for a juvenile:

  • The parent having customer of the minor applicant or a designee of the custodial parent specified by the custodial parent.
  • The noncustodial parent (as defined in IC 31-9-2-83) of the minor applicant or a designee of the noncustodial parent specified by the noncustodial parent.
  • The guardian having custody of the minor applicant.
  • In the absence of a person described in subdivisions (1) through (3), any other adult who is will to assume the obligations imposed by the provisions of financial liability under IC 9-24-9.

A co-signer will swear or affirm to be responsible jointly and severally with the juvenile applicant for any injury or damage that the applicant causes by reason of the operation of a motor vehicle. The co-signer must also present documentation proving his or her identity and age during the application process.

Drivers with Disabilities

If you are at least 18 years of age, disabled and have successfully completed driver rehabilitation training conducted by a certified driver rehabilitation specialist that is recognized by the bureau, you may apply for a driver’s license without a learner’s permit on your record or a completed Log of Supervised Driving.

You will be required to provide the license branch with a report of the training received from the driver rehabilitation specialist.

Residents with an Out-of-Country License

An out-of-country driver's license cannot be used for identification purposes. Out-of-country driver's license must be in the English language or presented with a verifiably accurate English translation of the document.

Translated Documentation

Translation of documents that are in a language other than English and without English subheadings, must be translated in full into English. The translation must be typed on a separate page on the letterhead of a government entity, accredited educational institution or translation agency. The translation must include a signed statement from the translator indicating that the translation is complete and accurate, attest to his or her competence as a translator and state that the document has not been translated for a family member, friend or business associate.

If you have an out-of-country driver's license and intend to become a resident of Indiana, you must pass the vision screening test, written knowledge test and driving skills test to obtain an Indiana driver's license.

All documents proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status and Indiana residency will be verified through a central verification process. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to the BMV.

Once the BMV has verified the documentation that you have provided, the BMV will mail the license, learner’s permit, or identification card to you. If the documents cannot be verified, you will receive a letter explaining the determination and your rights to request an administrative hearing to review the determination.

How Long is My Driver’s License Valid?

If you have Temporary Lawful Status your license is valid until the end date of your lawful presence or;

 

  • Six years if you are less than 75 years of age,
  • Three years if you are at least 75 years of age and less than 85 years of age,
  • Two years if you are at least 85 years of age.

If you have lawful temporary status, you may renew your driver’s license at any Indiana license branch up to 30 days before the license expires. An operator knowledge test is not required when you renew a driver’s license, unless you have accumulated six or more points on your driver record since your previous renewal, or your license has been expired for over 180 days.