Real ID Overview

A Real ID is required for everyone applying for a new Indiana credential (driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card). Applicants must bring documents to the license branch to prove their identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency. A Real ID meets federal government requirements for driver’s licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits.

Persons who are not United States citizens (legal temporary or permanent residents) are required to have a Real ID and must present full documentation to apply for a renewal or replacement of their existing credential. This includes providing documents which prove identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency.

Customers who are renewing, amending, or replacing their current Indiana credential have the option of applying for a Real ID or a non-compliant credential, but are encouraged to obtain a Real ID-compliant credential. . Please be aware that a non-compliant credential will not be acceptable for federal identification purposes,  which are defined as:

  • Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft (effective 10/1/2020)
  • Accessing federal facilities that require identification to enter, such as military bases
  • Entering nuclear power plants

Indiana residents who want a Real ID must bring original versions or certified copies of the required documents to the license branch so they can obtain a new Real ID credential.

Customers with questions about collecting their documents can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help or visit any Indiana license branch for assistance.

Whether you are getting a new, renewed, amended, or replaced credential, you will receive your permanent Real ID credential within 14 days of your visit to the license branch, provided there are no problems with your application or documentation. If there are problems with your application or documentation, you will be contacted by a BMV representative.