Overview

A Real ID is required for everyone applying for a new Indiana credential (driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card). Applicants must bring documents to the license branch to prove their identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency. A Real ID meets federal government requirements for driver’s licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits.

Persons who are not United States citizens (legal temporary or permanent residents) are required to have a Real ID and must present full documentation to apply for a renewal or replacement of their existing credential. This includes providing documents which prove identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency.

Customers who are renewing, amending, or replacing their current Indiana credential have the option of applying for a Real ID or a non-compliant credential, but are encouraged to obtain a Real ID-compliant credential. . Please be aware that a non-compliant credential will not be acceptable for federal identification purposes,  which are defined as:

  • Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft (effective 10/1/2020)
  • Accessing federal facilities that require identification to enter, such as military bases
  • Entering nuclear power plants

Indiana residents who want a Real ID must bring original versions or certified copies of the required documents to the license branch so they can obtain a new Real ID credential.

Customers with questions about collecting their documents can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help or visit any Indiana license branch for assistance.

Whether you are getting a new, renewed, amended, or replaced credential, you will receive your permanent Real ID credential within 14 days of your visit to the license branch, provided there are no problems with your application or documentation. If there are problems with your application or documentation, you will be contacted by a BMV representative.

What Do I Need To Do To Get a Real ID?

STEP 1: Gather Your Documents

Be sure that you have the required documents before you visit a license branch. These documents will need to prove your identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency.

If you have questions or trouble when collecting your documents, you can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help, or you can visit any Indiana license branch for assistance. For all document categories, the BMV has the ability to grant exceptions if certain items, such as a birth certificate, are not available to you.

If you do not have your birth certificate in your possession (must be an original or certified copy filed with a U.S. state or territory office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in your state of birth), you need to contact your state or county Department of Health and request an original or certified copy. Some states may take up to five months to process duplicate birth certificates.

STEP 2: Visit a BMV Branch

If you are applying for a new credential, you must bring your required documents to a license branch.

If you are renewing, amending, or replacing your current credential, you are asked to bring your documents to a license branch to get a Real ID. You should follow the new Real ID procedures on your normal renewal date.

Whether you are getting a new, renewed, amended, or replaced credential, you will receive your permanent Real ID credential within 14 days of your visit to the license branch, provided there are no problems with your application or documentation. If there are problems with your application or documentation, you will be contacted by a BMV representative.

If you have a current Indiana credential and you are having trouble collecting your documents, you can apply for a non-compliant credential in order to drive and/or vote. As previously mentioned, a non-compliant credential may not be acceptable for federal identification purposes.

STEP 3: Receive your Credentials

Your permanent Real ID credential will be mailed to you after you apply for a new, renewed, amended or replacement credential. You will receive your credential at your mailing address within 14 days, provided there are no problems with your application or documentation. If there are problems with your application or documentation, you will be contacted by a BMV representative. The process used to mail credentials is similar to that used by the financial services industry to mail credit and debit cards.

What Is a Non-Compliant Driver's License or ID Card?

A non-compliant credential indicates you have not provided the documentation necessary to validate your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and/or Indiana residency. Only individuals with a current Indiana credential are eligible to apply for a non-compliant credential.

A non-compliant credential will allow you to drive and/or vote, but may not be acceptable for federal identification purposes.

What If I Want to Wait or Can't Find My Documents?

All customers applying for a new credential will be required to visit a license branch and submit original versions or certified copies of the required documents.

If you have questions or trouble collecting your documents, you can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help, or you can visit any Indiana license branch for assistance.

If you have a current Indiana credential and you are having difficulty collecting your documents, or want to wait, you can apply for a non-compliant credential in order to drive and/or vote.

State to State (S2S) Credential Verification

To combat identity theft, the Indiana BMV continues to enhance the security of how credentials (driver’s licenses, IDs, etc.) are issued.

In February 2016, the BMV began to pilot the State Pointer Exchange Service (SPEXS). SPEXS allows the BMV to verify if a credential applicant holds a credential in another participating state. This check will occur each time a customer is renewing, amending, or replacing his or her current driver's license, permit, or identification card. If more than one credential is identified during the verification process, the BMV will request that the permit, license, or identification card issued by any other state be cancelled. If the applicant does not agree to this action, the BMV will be unable to issue an Indiana credential. Indiana law prohibits an individual from holding more than one credential issued by Indiana or any other state.