New Indiana Residents
Welcome to Indiana! When you become a resident of Indiana, you have 60 days to obtain an Indiana driver's license if you hold a valid driver's license from another state. You must also transfer the titles and registrations of any vehicles you own from your previous state to Indiana.
Obtaining a Driver's License
When you apply for an Indiana driver's license, you must surrender all valid credentials (identification card, learner’s permit, or driver's license) you hold from other states. If you do not hold a valid driver's license from another state, you must hold an Indiana learner's permit for 180 days before you may obtain an Indiana driver's license.
If You Are At Least 18 Years Of Age and Hold a Valid Driver's License from another State
If you are at least 18 years of age and have held a valid out-of-state driver's license from the state of your prior residence, you must visit a BMV branch to present one of the following three items: your current out-of-state driver's license, a copy of your official driving record or a verification letter. You must also present documentation proving your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and Indiana residency. You will be required to pass a knowledge examination and a vision screening. If your out-of-state license has been expired for more than three years or you have held an unrevoked out-of-state driver’s license less than one year, you must pass a driving skills examination. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to BMV.
If You Are Younger than 18 Years of Age and Hold a Valid Driver's License from another State
If you under 18, but more than 16 years and 180 days old, and have held a valid out-of-state driver's license for at least 180 days in your previous state(s) of residency, you must visit a BMV branch to present your current out-of-state driver's license or a copy of your official driving record. You must also present documentation proving your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and Indiana residency. You will be required to pass a knowledge examination and a vision screening. If your out-of-state driver’s license has been expired for three or more years, or you have held an unrevoked out-of-state driver’s license less than one year, you must pass a standard vision screening, knowledge exam, and a driving skills exam to obtain an Indiana driver’s license. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to BMV.
Driving Skills Examination
You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving skills examination.
- Schedule a driving skills examination as an Indiana resident
- Schedule a driving skills examination if you are new to Indiana
- Learn more about the driving skills examination
Knowledge & Examination
You do not need to schedule an appointment for the BMV Operator Knowledge Examination unless you need to have the exam read to you. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge examination.
The BMV Operator Knowledge Examination is now available in 11 different foreign languages and is accessible in all branches with the Automated Testing Terminals. Learn about the foreign language knowledge testing
The vision screening measures your visual ability. If your visual ability does not meet state standards, you will be referred to an eye doctor for an eye examination.
Titling and Registering a Vehicle
A new Indiana resident must apply for title or submit a completed Request for Title – State Form 1014 for all vehicles owned with an out-of-state title within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident, or an administrative penalty will be charged. You must visit a BMV branch to apply for your Indiana certificate of title and registration.
- Certificate of title.
- Vehicle inspection of the vehicle identification number (VIN). Vehicle must be present at the BMV branch for an inspection. If the vehicle cannot be present, you must submit a Physical Inspection of a Vehicle or Watercraft – State Form 39530, which must be completed by law enforcement.
- Proof of address: a driver’s license or identification card may be accepted as proof if the address on the credential is correct. If the address is not correct, any document from the approved BMV documentation list that is dated within the last 60 days may be used as proof.
- Proof of your Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Identification Number (FIN) may be required in accordance with Indiana Code 4-1-8-1. Acceptable proofs of SSN/FIN are located on the BMV documentation list.
An out-of-country driver's license cannot be used for identification purposes. Out-of-country driver's license must be in English or presented with a verifiably accurate English translation of the document.
If you have an out-of-country driver's license and intend to become an Indiana resident and also wish to obtain an Indiana driver’s license, you must provide an English translation of your driver’s license or your International Driving Permit. You must also pass the vision screening, written knowledge examination and driving skills examination 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 to the BMV.
When your documents are verified, the BMV will mail the driver’s 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. No refunds will be issued in the case of documents that cannot be verified.
To ensure your lawful status verification process goes smoothly, review this video from the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS).