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A learner’s permit allows Indiana residents to practice driving before obtaining a driver’s license.
If you are a new Indiana resident who has a valid driver's license from another state or foreign country you do not have to hold a learner's permit to obtain an Indiana driver's license.
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 until you turn 21-years-old.
If you are 21 years of age or older when you obtain your Indiana driver's license, your license is not probationary.
Obtain a SecureID Driver’s License and ID Cards before 2020
You can register your decision to become an organ and tissue donor when renewing or updating your driver’s license. You can also register to become a donor at any time by visiting Donate Life Indiana. If you are under the age of 18 you need a parent or guardian’s permission and signature. To find out more about organ and tissue donation please click here.
Other types of licenses
Endorsements and restrictions
Endorsements and restrictions change the circumstances in which an individual may operate a motor vehicle. Some restrictions also apply to identification cards.
To combat the issue of identity theft, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) continues to enhance the security of how credentials (driver’s licenses, IDs, etc.) are issued.
In February of 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, learner's permit or identification card.
A veteran may choose to have a veteran indicator placed on his or her driver’s license or identification card. To obtain the indicator, you must provide a DD214 or other military documents issued by the United States Department of Defense verifying a veteran’s service and by providing proof of discharge, other than a dishonorable discharge, from the armed forces.
An individual on active duty in the United States Armed Forces may choose to have an active duty military indicator placed on his or her credential. To obtain the indicator, you must provide your current military identification card during your new issuance or renewal application.
Amending a Driver’s License If any personal information (name, date of birth, gender or address) has legally changed, you will need to amend the information that appears on the credential. You may amend your credential at any license branch.
You may renew or replace your driver's license online if your name and address have remained the same since the last time you received a license and you do not require testing. You may renew your driver's license online if your previous renewal transaction was completed in a license branch. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, legal address and Social Security number in order to renew or replace your driver's license online.
You may obtain a renewed learner’s permit once your current permit expires, or replace one that is lost or stolen, by visiting a license branch and presenting certain documents of identification. If you are visiting a license branch to renew your learner’s permit and it has been more than 180 days since your last passed knowledge test, you will need to retest.