Military Families

Military PlatesThe BMV has a number of resources to assist military personnel and their families in renewing or replacing their credentials or registrations, as well as completing other transactions, while living away from the state.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE:

Active Military, Veteran, and Surviving Spouse of a Veteran Indicators

Active Military
Veteran
Veteran Spouse

If you are on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, you may choose to have an “active duty military” indicator placed on your credential. To obtain the indicator, you must provide your current military Common Access Card (CAC) during your new issuance or renewal application.

If you are a veteran, you may choose to have a “veteran” indicator placed on your driver’s license. To obtain the indicator, you must present proof of discharge or separation, other than a dishonorable discharge, from the United States Armed Forces. 

If you are a surviving spouse of a deceased veteran, you may choose to have a “veteran spouse” indicator placed on your driver’s license. To obtain the indicator, you must present proof of the veteran’s discharge or separation, a marriage certificate, and a death certificate of the deceased veteran. 

If an indicator is added during a new issuance or a renewal transaction, there is no charge. If the indicator is added to an unexpired credential outside of a renewal transaction, there will be a fee to amend your credentials.

Visit the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for additional information regarding veteran benefits and services.

 

Military Personnel - Renewal or Replacement of your Driver’s License

Indiana law (Indiana Code 9-24-12-6(b)) provides that the driver’s license of any Indiana resident serving in the United States Armed Forces and residing outside Indiana, or spouse and/or dependent (living outside Indiana) of someone in active duty military, remains valid for ninety (90) days after discharge or post-deployment regardless of the expiration date of the license. You may renew your driver's license online if your name and residential address have remained the same since the last time you received a license and your last renewal was in a BMV license branch and you do not have a J restriction or any 2-9 restrictions.

If you, your spouse, or children need to replace your driver’s license because you cannot replace it online, or if the expiration date printed on the driver’s license is in the past and you are still deployed on active duty, you can contact the BMV about obtaining a replacement by calling or emailing us.

Alternatively, you can also print the Military Extension Letter, which you must carry in your possession at all times while operating a motor vehicle. This letter will serve as your authority to operate a motor vehicle until you are able to visit a BMV license branch and obtain a renewed driver’s license or until you receive a replacement.

To renew or replace a non-CDL online, you will need to provide your driver’s license number, legal ZIP code, and last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you are temporarily living outside Indiana and your Indiana license has been lost or stolen while you are out of the state, you may attempt to either renew or replace your license online or request a 30-day interim credential that will allow you to return to Indiana and renew or obtain a replacement license. You may request a 30-day interim credential by submitting a completed Request for Interim/Extension License - State Form 54580.

If you, your spouse, and/or dependent of a military applicant, holds an expired Indiana license while on active duty, you are exempt from the knowledge and driving skills examination requirements regardless of the expiration date as long as you apply within 90 days of discharge from the military and present proof of discharge within 90 days when you conduct the transaction at a BMV branch. The examination exception does not apply to drivers who have six or more active points on their license or if your license is suspended. If you are out of state, and cannot conduct an online transaction because your driver’s license has been expired more than 180 days, you will need to contact the BMV at 800-497-9979.

Active duty military personnel who have returned from deployment within the prior 90 days who wish to renew their Indiana credential must do the following:

Military CDL Skills Waiver Program

The BMV may waive the required driving skills examination for select veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with specific driver training completed during their military service when they apply for an Indiana Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Military-Provided Motorcycle Safety Courses

Indiana recognizes approved motorcycle safety courses completed in other states and all five branches of the military and allows applicants to obtain a motorcycle endorsement after showing proof of completing an approved safety course.

If you are applying for a motorcycle endorsement, you must have completed an approved safety course no more than one year prior to applying for the endorsement. If your course completion card is more than one year old, you may not use that card for a waiver of the motorcycle skills examination.

If you are applying for a motorcycle endorsement in Indiana and have completed a motorcycle safety course in another state or through the military, you must provide a copy of the course completion card, and a copy of your driver's license and motorcycle learner's permit (if you have one), to the Ride Safe Indiana motorcycle safety program director. You may fax the copy to 317-233-0189 or mail it to:

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 North Senate Avenue, N481 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

You must include your mailing address and phone number along with the copy of your course completion card.

If the safety course you completed meets the criteria set for approved courses, you will be issued an Indiana course-completion card, dated the same as your original course completion, which will be recognized at any Indiana BMV branch as a waiver of the motorcycle skills examination. Replacement cards are normally processed in one to three days plus mailing time. You will be notified if it is determined that the course you took does not meet Indiana standards.

Easy Plate Renewal

Indiana military personnel living out of the state may either obtain registration in their new state of residence or renew their vehicle registrations through the Indiana BMV.

If you live out of state, but would like to renew your registration in Indiana, you may have the BMV send your registration renewal notice and your renewed material to your home address or to the address of a friend or family member who can send the materials to your current location. You will need to have a valid mail-forwarding order with your local post office so your material will reach your current address or ensure the BMV has your friend or family member’s address on record.

If you are a member of the military from another state who is stationed in Indiana, you may renew your vehicle registrations in Indiana. Visit a BMV branch with the following documents:

  • Copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement
  • Military Affidavit - State Form 46402 signed by your commanding officer
  • Valid, current military identification card

Please note that active members of the military will not be charged an administrative penalty if they do not renew their registration by their renewal deadline.

Title an Imported Vehicle

Military and civilian employees of the U.S. government returning at the end of an assignment to extended duty outside the customs territory of the U.S. may include a conforming vehicle among their duty-free personal and household effects.

The following completed documents are necessary for titling imported vehicles for personal use:

  • Letter from the manufacturer (Ford, GM, Chrysler, etc.) that states the vehicle conforms to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
  • Customs Entry Form - The U.S. Customs has several types of entry forms:
    • CF 368 - Collection Receipt or Informal Entry (when duty is due).
    • CF 3461 - Informal Entry (when there is no duty).
    • CF 7523 - Entry and Manifest of Merchandise Free of Duty
    • CF 3299 - Declaration for Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
    • CF 3311 - Declaration for Free Entry of Returned American Products
    • CF 7501 - Entry Summary
    • CF 6059B - Customs Declaration
    • NOTE: Military personnel should have an equivalent Department of Defense (DD) Form.
  • Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) - NHSTA HS-7 Declaration Form (Importation of Motor Vehicle Safety, Bumper and Theft Prevention Standards). This form must be filed when motor vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment are entered. The HS-7 can be obtained from custom brokers or ports of entry.
  • Environmental Protection Agency - EPA 3520-1 Emissions Form
  • Documents of ownership (bill of sale, transfer on title or registration, etc.)
  • Physical Inspection of a Vehicle or Watercraft - State Form 39530. A law enforcement official of any state may fill out this form.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement - State Form 43230 containing original signatures and printed names of both the seller and the purchaser. Any version of this form that meets the Federal Odometer Statement requirements will be acceptable.
  • Application For Certificate of Title For A Vehicle - State Form 205

Once you have all of these documents, you may apply for an Indiana title at a license branch.

License Plates Supporting Military Personnel

The special recognition license plate program allows motorists to support military personnel. Hoosiers who purchase special recognition license plates should expect to pay the following fees:

  • Group fees determined by the organization sponsoring the license plate;
  • Administrative fee of $15, except Air Force Veteran, Army Veteran, Coast Guard Veteran, Ex-Prisoner of War, Marine Corps Veteran, Navy Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart, and Support Our Troops plates;
  • Excise taxes determined by the year and make of the vehicle, and county and municipality of residence. For more information, please view registration fees.

All Indiana license plates supporting military personnel are available as motorcycle plates.

To view more information about available military license plates, select a plate from the list below:

  • Air Force Veteran
  • American Legion Department of Indiana
  • Army Veteran
  • Coast Guard Veteran
  • Disabled Hoosier Veteran
  • Ex-Prisoner of War
  • Gold Star Family
  • Marine Corps Veteran
  • National Guard
  • Navy Veteran
  • Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
  • Prisoner Of War - Missing In Action
  • Purple Heart
  • Support Our Troops