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Probationary Driver’s License is the term given to licenses issued to applicants who are younger than 21-years-old. Certain restrictions apply to these licenses and are in effect at various times until the driver’s 21th birthday (see restrictions below).

To obtain a probationary driver's license, you must meet the age requirements and have held an Indiana learner's permit for 180 days (approximately six months).

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 probationary driver's license, if you otherwise qualify.

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 probationary driver’s license, if you otherwise qualify.

To apply for a probationary driver’s license, you must visit a license branch and present a signed Log of Supervised Driving and proof of successful completion of a driver education course, if applicable. In addition, you must pass a driving skills test (if the driver education provider does not offer a skills test waiver or if you fail the skills test with the driver education provider) and a vision screening test.

If you are younger than 18-years-old when you apply for a driver's license, you must have a parent, legal guardian, or other adult who is willing to assume the obligations imposed sign an agreement of financial liability. The adult signing the agreement of financial liability must present documents of identification proving his or her identity and age.

How Long Is My Probationary Driver’s License Valid? 

A probationary driver’s license expires 30 days following your 21st birthday. 
You may renew your probationary driver’s license after your 21st birthday, but not before. An operator knowledge test is not required unless you have active points on your driver record.

Driving skills test

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

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 test

The vision screening test measures your visual ability.

Driver Education Waiver

If you have a learner’s permit and are enrolled in an approved driver education program, you may take the driving skills test after your driver education program or when you apply for a probationary driver’s license at a license branch. 

You must take the driving skills test at a license branch if any of the following situations occur:

  • Your driver education learner’s permit expires;
  • You receive a failing grade of 79 percent or below in either classroom instruction or behind-the-wheel training in your driver education program; or
  • Your driver education program does not participate in the BMV’s driving skills test waiver program.

Restrictions Associated with a Probationary Driver's License

Telecommunication devices

You may not use any type of telecommunication device while driving except to make emergency 911 calls.

Driving restrictions

You may not drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for 180 days after getting your license.
After you have driven for 180 days, and until you become 18 years of age, you may not drive during the following hours:

  • Saturday and Sunday, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Sunday through Thursday, after 11 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday, before 5 a.m.

You may drive at any time if you are traveling to or from work, a school-sanctioned activity, or a religious event; or if you are accompanied by an individual in the front seat of the vehicle with valid driving privileges who is at least 25 years of age or a spouse with valid driving privileges at least 21 years of age.

Driving with passengers

You may not drive with passengers for 180 days after getting your probationary license, unless you are also accompanied in the front seat by a licensed instructor, an individual with a valid Indiana driver’s license who is at least 25 years of age or a spouse who is at least 21 years of age. You may transport your child, stepchild, sibling, step or half sibling or spouse during the hours allowed by law without another accompanying individual.

Court diversion programs

You will not qualify for court diversion programs.

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