Teen Drivers and Parents
The BMV provides the following resources for teen drivers and their parents to help prepare for how to obtain an Indiana driver’s license.
- Indiana’s Graduated Driver’s License System Information
- Documentation Requirements for an Indiana Learner’s Permit
- Driver’s Manual
- Supervised Driving Practice Log – State Form 54706
- Code of Responsibilities for Driver Education Students
A driver training program consists of 30 hours of classroom training and six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a BMV-licensed driver training school.
Online training is available as an alternative to classroom training, but students will still be responsible for the six behind-the-wheel hours. You may complete online training before enrolling at a licensed driver training school for behind-the-wheel training, but you should first confirm that your preferred driver training school will accept the online training program you have selected. See the following list of licensed driver training schools for information on course offerings.
Licensed Driver Training Schools and Instructors
The following driver training schools and instructors are licensed by the BMV to provide driver education:
Driver Training Schools and Instructor Resources
All aspects of driver education instruction are outlined in the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) 140 IAC 4. IAC sets the standards and requirements for all driver education training schools and instructors.
LICENSING and FORMS
- Driver Training Instructor and School Licensing
- Driver Training School Instructor Physical Examination - State Form 53312 (Fillable PDF)
- Driver Training School Vehicle Inspection - State Form 55746 (Fillable PDF)
DRIVER TRAINING SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR CLASSES
One of the requirements to be licensed as a driver training school instructor in Indiana is to complete nine college credit hours of approved driver education courses. Contact the following university to complete the instructor training requirement.
Indiana State University
Dr. Matt Hutchins
Department of Applied Health Sciences
812-237-3108 or 812-237-3079
Still Have Questions?
- Send us an email about driver education programs
Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
- If my child completes an online driver education class, and then completes the 50 hours of driving required to be documented on the driving log, can he/she then get a license at 16 years and 90 days?
No. To be eligible for a license at 16 years and 90 days, your child must complete both aspects of an approved driver education course:30 classroom or online hours and six behind-the-wheel hours. The 50 hour driving log is required of all new drivers whether they take driver education or not.
- Where can I find information on driver education schools in my area?
A list of driver education schools is available here. All driver education providers licensed to conduct courses in the state are listed, and are searchable by county.
- Is driver education required to get a license?
No. Without completing a driver education course, your child must be 16 years of age to be eligible for a permit. Once completing 50 hours of logged drive time, your child can apply for a driver’s license if they are at least 16 years and 270 days.
- What is the earliest age that my child can take driver education?
Your child must be at least 15 years of age before he or she can participate in either the classroom or behind-the-wheel phase of driver education.
Students' Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I start driving in the car with my parents?
If you are at least 15 years of age, are enrolled in a driver education course, and pass a knowledge exam to obtain your learner’s permit, you can legally drive with your parent or guardian. If you have not enrolled or completed a driver education course, you must be at least 16 years of age to legally obtain a learner’s permit to drive with your parent or guardian.
- If I take an online driver education classroom course, can I drive with my parents once I start that course?
The online classroom training providers cannot issue a Certificate of Driver Education (CDE) enrollment form, which is required to get your learner’s permit if you are not at least 16 years of age. You must enroll with a licensed driver education school for the six hours of behind-the-wheel training to receive the CDE and then your permit. You cannot legally drive until you have obtained your learner’s permit.
- If I start driver education and get my permit, then stop going to driver education (or stop doing an online course) can I keep driving on my permit?
The online and classroom training schools are required to keep track of your progress in the courseIf you stop attending, the driver education school will contact the BMV and have your permit revoked. If you continue to drive and you are stopped by law enforcement or involved in a traffic accident, you could be cited for operating a vehicle without a valid license or permit. This could also affect your ability to get a new permit/license.
- If I start a driver education course with one school, then decide to switch to another school, can I transfer the work I have completed or do I have to start over?
Current rules allow for the transfer of classroom instruction from one school to another where the behind-the-wheel phase will be completed. However, this is contingent upon the second school accepting the course work and records from the first school. The second school then becomes the school of record.