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Appointments are required for driving skills tests and must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours and maximum of 3 weeks in advance. Make sure to review all requirements prior to scheduling a driving test.

On Your Scheduled Day...

  • You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving test.
  • When you arrive at the branch, find the nearest associate to inform them of your skills exam as branches currently have longer wait times than normal.

A driving test is valid for two years or until the learner’s permit expires, whichever is first.

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What to Expect During Your Driving Test

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Current Driving Test Requirements

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Driver Training Skills Test

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Elements of the Driving Test

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Failure of Driving Test

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How to Make an Appointment on myBMV

Watch this video to see step-by-step how to schedule an appointment for your driving test.

How to Confirm Your Appointment

You can view your appointment time in your myBMV account. After you login, go to the driver's license and state ID page and select Schedule Driving Test from the left navigation. Your appointment will display on the bottom half of the page.

Schedule a Driving Test

Can't Schedule Online?

If you meet any of the following criteria, you will not be able to schedule online:

  • You are a foreign national and do not have a social security number
  • Your learner's permit expired
  • You renewed your learner's permit in the last 6 months

Please call our contact center at 888-692-6841 for help with scheduling an appointment.

What to Expect during your Driving Test

Please make note of all required steps and plan ahead for your scheduled driving test.

If you are unwilling to comply with the requirements, you will be unable to complete a driving test with the BMV.

Current Driving Test Requirements

  • Customer Requirements

    What To Expect At The Branch

    • You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
    • You must be accompanied by an individual who has a valid driver's license.
    • No one besides the BMV examiner is allowed in your vehicle when you take the driving test.

    What To Bring With You

    • A valid Indiana learner's permit, out-of-country license, or a driver's license or ID card expired over 5 years with proof of driving record
    • Completed Supervised Driving Log
    • Driver's Ed proof of completion, if applicable
    • If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian who can sign for financial responsibility must be at the appointment OR if 18 or over, a licensed driver
  • Vehicle Requirements
    • Your examination vehicle must be insured to the state’s minimum liability insurance standard.
    • The vehicle must pass a vehicle inspection just before going on a skills exam (e.g., 2 brake lights working, all 4 turn signals working, doors operational, no cracked windshield or hindering the line of sight, no spare tires).
    • Any driver assistance technology must be deactivated for the skills exam.
    • No one but the individual taking the skills exam can be in the car with the skills examiner.
    • If for any reason the skills examiner determines the vehicle is unsafe, the skills exam will be canceled and the applicant can return at another time to take another skills exam when they have a vehicle that is in safe operating condition.
    • The vehicle must be legally equipped and in safe and clean condition.
    • The vehicle used must be properly registered.

Driver Training Skills Test Program

If you have a learner's permit and have successfully completed driver training with an Indiana licensed Driver Training provider, and are 16 years and 90 days of age, you may take the driving test with the provider if your provider participates in the BMV’s driving skills test administration program. You may also choose to take the skills exam at a branch when you apply for a driver's license. If any of the following situations occur, you must take the driving test at a branch:

  • Your learner's permit expires;
  • Your driver training provider does not participate in the BMV's driver training skills test program; or
  • You fail to successfully complete your driver training program.

Elements of the Driving Test

During the exam, you must pay particular attention to the follow situations:

  • Drive in the proper lane, obey the lane markings, look carefully, and signal properly before changing lanes
  • Leave enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you to avoid a collision
  • If you are overtaken and passed by another vehicle, maintain your speed and give the other vehicle enough room to pass safely
  • Control your speed according to posted speed limits and varying traffic conditions
  • Observe good defensive driving habits
  • Listen to instructions and observe the general flow of traffic
  • Approach intersections at the proper speed, look for other vehicles, come to a complete stop, anticipate that the light might change, and do not try to beat a yellow before it changes to red
  • Use your mirrors and check your blind spots to ensure you are backing correctly out of parking spaces
  • When parking, always check traffic by looking in your mirrors, signal your intention to park, and move into the space smoothly and at the proper speed

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The following actions may detract from your final score:

  • Failing to use defroster or wipers when needed
  • Failing to use both hands on the wheel
  • Selecting the wrong gear
  • Failing to signal
  • Driving too slowly for conditions or stopping unnecessarily
  • Overrunning a crosswalk, stop line, or stop sign
  • Failing to check blind spot
  • Slowing speed when changing lanes
  • Reversing too fast
  • Leaving turn signal on after completed lane change
  • Driving too closely to the vehicle ahead or to a parked vehicle

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The following actions will result in an automatic failure:

  • Disobeying a yield, stop, school zone, or no turn on red sign
  • Disobeying a traffic signal
  • Backing over a curb
  • Driving into a parked vehicle
  • Failure to follow instructions
  • Failure to use a seat belt
  • Failure to react to hazardous driving conditions
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Turning into or using the wrong lane
  • Passing in a no-passing zone or otherwise crossing a solid yellow line
  • Driving left of center/crossing a yellow line
  • Straddling marked lanes/using the wrong lane
  • Driving too close to pedestrians or bicycles
  • Passing a school bus with its arm out
  • Failure to pull over and stop for emergency vehicles or school buses
  • Causing an accident during a driving test
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Failure to obey required laws concerning railroad crossings
  • Failure to stop at a stoplight
  • Failure to stop at stop sign completely
  • Failure to obey posted speed limit/signs in a school zone

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Failure of Driving Test

  • If you fail a driving test, you must wait 7 days before taking another driving test.
  • If you fail three driving test, 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 tests. You will also have to retake a written test to renew.
  • If you fail a written test you must wait until the next business day before taking another written test.