The license branches function as the primary site for issuing driver licenses, auto and watercraft registrations, and license plates. The fees for licenses, registrations, and plates and the associated excise and wheel taxes are collected at license branches.
The system used by the license branches to provide the above services has been developed and is maintained by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The BMV is responsible for accurate and timely distribution of the fees and taxes collected. In addition, the BMV supports the training and continuing operations within the branches; contracts for services and products; serves as a resource for county officials with excise tax questions; and performs numerous other duties.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commission (BMVC) has been established by Indiana Code. The Commission consists of four individuals appointed by the Governor to serve four year terms and the Commission Chairperson who is the Commissioner of the BMV. Except for the Commissioner, members are not required to devote full-time to their commission duties. Commission duties include developing and updating bureau policy; establishing standards for the operation and maintenance of license branches; and submitting budget proposals for the commission, the bureau, and the branches.