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The State of Indiana issues new driver’s licenses at BMV branches. All applicants for new driver’s licenses must meet Indiana SecureID requirements. A SecureID issued by the Indiana BMV meets federal identification requirements. The issuance of a SecureID 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 license or identification card 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.
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.
If you have successfully completed an approved driver education program' you must be at least 16 years and 90 days old 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 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.
If you are 21 years of age or older, your Indiana driver's license is not probationary.
You may renew your driver’s license online or at any IndianaBMV branch up to one year before the license expires. A knowledge exam 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.
If you are under the age of 75, you may renew your driver’s license online if:
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 BMV branch to complete a renewal or replacement transaction.
Endorsements and restrictions change the circumstances in which an individual may operate a motor vehicle. Some endorsements and restrictions also apply to identification cards.
Indiana also issues licenses for commercial driver’s licenses along with motorcycle and for-hire endorsements.
Effective January 1, 2017, the BMV will begin issuing a for-hire endorsement in place of a public passage chauffer’s (PPC) or chauffer’s license. A PPC or chauffer’s license issued prior to January 1, 2017 will remain valid until the expiration date printed on the license.
If you are an Indiana resident and apply for a driver’s license, you most likely have already passed your knowledge examination. However, there are situations where you may need to take another knowledge examination, such as:
You do not need to schedule an appointment for a knowledge examination unless you need to have the exam read to you, you are deaf or hard of hearing. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge examination. Appointments for applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can be made by a branch manager or by calling the BMV’s Contact Center at 1-888-692-6841.
The vision screening measures your visual acuity.
You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving skills exam.
If you need to visit a BMV branch, here is a list of BMV locations.
Indiana law requires persons with a learner’s permit to complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed instructor or:
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.
Applicants for a learner’s permit or driver’s license that are less than 18 years of age must have one of the following adults sign a sworn or affirmed statement of financial liability in person at a license branch. The lawful (IC 9-24-9-3) order of preference is:
1. The parent having custody of the minor applicant or a designee of the custodial parent specified by the custodial parent
2. 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
3. The guardian having custody of the minor applicant
4. In the absence of a person described in one (1) through three (3), any other adult who is willing to assume the obligations imposed by the provisions of this chapter (IC 9-24-9)
An adult who co-signs for financial liability swears or affirms financial liability for a minor applicant and agrees to be responsible jointly and severally with the minor applicant for all damage that results from operating a motor vehicle. The adult who co-signs for financial liability must present a valid form of identification to the BMV while the minor is making application for a learner’s permit or driver’s license. If at any time, and for any reason, the adult who co-signs for financial liability wishes to withdraw financial liability for the minor, the adult can file State Form 554834, Written Request to Cancel Financial Liability, which is available on the Indiana BMV’s website. A written request to withdraw financial liability will cancel the minor’s learner’s permit or driver’s license [IC 9-24-9-4(b)].
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 BMV branch with a report of the training received from the driver rehabilitation specialist.
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.
Translation of documents that are in a language other than English and without English subheadings, must be translated 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, written knowledge exam and driving skills exam 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.
Once the BMV has verified the documentation that you have provided, you will receive 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.
If you have Temporary Lawful Status your license is valid until the end date of your lawful presence or;
If you have lawful temporary status, you may renew your driver’s license at any IndianaBMV 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 more that 180 days.