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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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Identification cards may be issued to an Indiana resident of any age who does not have a driver’s license. You cannot hold both an identification card and a driver’s license at the same time, even if one of the credentials was issued by another state.

A Motor Driven Cycle Class B (MDC - Class B) endorsement can be added to an identification card as long as the holder is at least 15 years of age and passes an MDC - Class B knowledge test. The MDC - B endorsement on your identification card signifies your authority to operate an MDC - B.

To apply for an identification card you must visit a license branch and present documents proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status and Indiana residency.

Identification Card Validity

  • An identification card is valid for six years
  • Identification cards issued to lawful temporary residents may not reflect standard periods of validity

To obtain a free identification card for voting purposes you should state that you need a free identification card for voting purposes when you visit the license branch.

Organ Donation

You can register your decision to become an organ donor when renewing or updating your identification card. You can also register to become an organ donor at any time by visiting the Donate Life Indiana website.

Photo Exempt Identification Card

You can apply for a photo exempt identification card at any BMV license branch if you have a sincerely held religious belief against the taking of your photograph.

  • You can download a frequently asked questions document, here:
    PEID FAQ

In order to apply for a photo exempt identification, you must provide the documents required for issuance of a regular identification card, along with the following documents:

  • A documented affirmation of your sincerely held religious belief against the issuance of a Social Security number and a completed IRS Form 4029; or,
    • If you already hold a validly issued Social Security number you do not need an affirmation statement of your sincerely held religious belief against the issuance of a Social Security number or IRS Form 4029.
  • A documented affirmation of your sincerely held religious belief against the taking of your photograph.
  • A documented statement from a member of your clergy prohibiting the taking of your photograph.
  • Valid documentary evidence that the applicant is a citizen or national of the United States.

You may also use State Form 55920 in lieu of the above and also include a copy of IRS Form 4029 if applicable.

State to State (S2S) Credential Verification

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'spermit or identification card.

Information on State to State (S2S) Credential Verification

Still Have Questions? Contact the BMV