Renewing a Driver’s License or Identification Card
An Indiana driver’s license or identification card may be renewed up to two years prior to expiration for most Hoosiers. Individuals with temporary lawful status can only renew up to 30 days prior to the expiration of their current license or identification card.
How long is my operator’s license or identification card valid?
Your driver's license or identification card expires at midnight on your birthday. If your birthday falls on a day on which BMV branches are closed in your county, your driver's license or identification card will expire at midnight on the next business day. A probationary operator’s license expires at midnight 30 days after your 21st birthday. An administrative penalty of $6.00 will be charged if your driver’s license is renewed after its expiration date. There is no administrative penalty to renew an expired identification card. Other validity periods for licenses are as follows:
- Six years if you are 74 years or under in age.
- Three years if you are 75 - 84 years of age.
- Two years if you are 85 years of age or older.
A credential issued to foreign nationals with temporary status expires on the end date of their lawful stay in the United States.
For information on renewing or replacing a CDL, click here.
Customers with a commercial driver’s license or a For-Hire endorsement must visit a BMV branch to renew their driver’s license.
You can renew your driver's license online if you meet the requirements listed below. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, residential address, and Social Security number in order to renew or replace your driver's license or identification card online.
You can renew your driver’s license online only if you meet the following conditions:
- You have an operator’s license with or without a motorcycle or For-Hire endorsement.
- You are a citizen of the United States and an Indiana resident.
- There is no change in your name, residential address or other personal information.
- Your previous renewal transaction was completed in a BMV branch.
- Your driver’s license is not expired for more than 180 days.
- You are not required to take an exam.
- You are within 24 months of your renewal date.
- You are under 75 years of age.
- Your driver’s license does not have restrictions J or 2 - 9
- J - Other
- 2- Habitual Traffic Violator Conditional License
- 3- Photo Exempt
- 5- Conditional
- 6- Interlock Ignition Device
- 7- Seat Belt Exempt
- 8- Medical Condition
- 9- Temporary
- Your previous photo is on file
- You are not suspended, revoked or invalidated
- You do not have six or more active points on your driver record
- You are not under 21 years old
An applicant may apply to register to vote while processing a replacement or renewal credential transaction online.
If you must visit a BMV branch, here is a list of BMV locations.
You can renew your identification card online only if you meet the following conditions:
- You are a citizen of the United States and an Indiana resident
- There is no change in your name, residential address or other information
- Your identification card is not expired for more than 180 days
- You are within 24 months of your renewal date
- Your previous photo is on file
- Your record does not have restrictions 3 or 9
When You Must Visit a BMV Branch to Renew
Most Hoosiers are eligible to renew online every other renewal, which means that you only need to visit the BMV branch once every 10-12 years for a license or identification card renewal. However, there will be circumstances requiring you to visit a branch to change information or if you need to update your lawful status.
Here are a few more reasons why you may need to visit a license BMV branch.
- If you are renewing a driver’s license that is not expired because your last renewal was online, you must pass a standard vision screening or submit Vision Screening Documentation – State Form 56520 completed by a licensed ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist.
- If you are renewing a driver’s license that has been expired for less than 180 days, you must pay a $6.00 administrative penalty fee and pass a standard vision screening or submit Vision Screening Documentation – State Form 56520.
- If you are renewing a driver’s license that has been expired for 180 days but not more than three years, you must pay a $6.00 administrative penalty, pass a knowledge examination, and undergo a standard vision screening or submit Vision Screening Documentation – State Form 56520.
- If you are renewing a driver’s license that has been expired for more than three years, you must pay a $6.00 administrative penalty, and pass a knowledge examination, a driving skills exam, and a standard vision screening (or submit Vision Screening Documentation – State Form 56520). Currently, licensed drivers who are 75 years of age and older must visit a BMV branch to renew. Foreign nationals with permanent or temporary lawful status must also visit a license branch and provide documentation of identity, lawful status, proof of Social Security Number (or proof of ineligibility) and Indiana residency for each renewal transaction.
If you have six or more points on your driving record, you must take the knowledge examination to renew your driver's license.
- Learn more about the vision screening
- Learn more about the written examination
- Learn more about the driving skills exam
Renewing a License If You Are Away From Indiana
If your Indiana driver's license is expired, lost or stolen while you are out of the state, you may renew or replace your driver's license online if you meet the requirements listed above, or you may request a 30-day extension from the date your driver's license expires. To obtain a 30-day extension of your driver's license or a 30-day interim credential you will need to download and complete a Request for Interim/Extension License, State Form 54580. After you have completed the form in its entirety, you may mail it to the address listed on the form.
If you are temporarily living outside Indiana because you are serving in the military, your license remains valid for 90 days following your discharge from service. If your license expires while outside of Indiana and you are not eligible for online renewal you may print a Military Extension Letter. While operating a motor vehicle, you should hold in your possession your most current driver's license along with this letter and proof of your service in the Armed Forces. To obtain a renewed license after you have been discharged, you need to visit a license branch and show proof of discharge.