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Ready to take your knowledge exam?

Be sure to arrive at the branch at least one hour before it closes to take the knowledge exam that day.

Need to study a bit more before you take the test?

The Driver’s Manual is available online and can be reviewed by chapter. 

Review the Driver's Manual

Current Indiana Residents

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

New Indiana Residents

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). 

Scheduling an Exam

You do not need to schedule an appointment for a knowledge exam unless you need to have the exam 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.

You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge exam.

What to Expect in the Exam

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

Passed knowledge exam results are valid for 180 days.

What happens if you fail an exam?

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

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

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

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

Foreign Language Knowledge Exam

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

Learn about the foreign language knowledge exam

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