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Knowledge Examination

If you are an Indiana resident and apply for a driver’s license, you most likely have already passed your knowledge examination. However, there are situations where you may need to take another knowledge examination, such as:

  • You are applying for a learner’s permit
  • You are renewing your learner’s permit
  • You are renewing your driver’s license and have six or more points on your driver record
  • You recently moved to Indiana from another country and are applying for a driver’s license
  • Your driver’s license has been expired for more than 180 days
  • You wish to add endorsements to your driver’s license or commercial driver’s license

You must arrive at a license branch at least one hour before the branch closes in order to take the knowledge examination that day. As of July 1, 2019 if you are moving to Indiana from another state and hold a valid driver's license in that state you are no longer required to complete a knowledge exam (written test). 

You do not need to schedule an appointment for a knowledge examination unless you need to have the examination read to you or you are deaf or hard of hearing. Appointments for applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can be made by a branch manager or by calling the BMV’s Contact Center at 888-692-6841.

The knowledge examination is based on information contained in the Indiana Driver's Manual. To pass the knowledge examination, you must demonstrate a basic understanding of Indiana traffic laws and safe driving techniques. Knowledge examinations include multiple choice questions concerning traffic maneuvers and knowledge of types of traffic signs.

Passed knowledge examination results are valid for 180 days.

Want to download the BMV’s practice knowledge exam?

You may now download the BMV’s practice knowledge exam to your smart phone. If you would like to download the practice knowledge exam click on the appropriate link below:

What happens if you fail an examination?

If you fail a knowledge examination you must wait until the next business day before taking another knowledge examination.

If you fail a driving skills examination, you must wait 14 days before taking another driving skills examination.

If you fail three driving skills examination while holding a learner’s permit, you must wait two months following the date of the last failed skills examination before attempting another skills examination.

You will be required to renew your learner’s permit if it expires before you are eligible for additional driving skills examinations.

Foreign Language Knowledge Examination

The BMV Operator Knowledge Examination is now available in 13 different foreign languages and is accessible in branches that have Automated Testing Terminals with touch screens.

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