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Knowledge Exam (Written Test)

Ready to take your written test?

You do not need to schedule an appointment for a written test. But, be sure to arrive at the branch at least one hour before it closes to take the written test 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

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

Exams for the Hearing Impaired

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 written test.

What to Expect in the Exam

The written test is based on information contained in the Indiana Driver's Manual. To pass the written test, you must demonstrate a basic understanding of Indiana traffic laws and safe driving techniques. Written tests include multiple choice questions divided into two sections concerning traffic maneuvers and knowledge of types of traffic signs. Eighty percent or higher correct responses on each component must be achieved to pass the exam.

Passed written test results are valid for 180 days.

What happens if you fail an exam?

If you fail a written test you must wait until the next business day before taking another written test.

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 Written Test

The Indiana BMV allows an applicant for a driver’s license to use a foreign language interpreter to interpret the knowledge exam if the applicant speaks a language not already offered by the BMV.

Spoken language interpreters are not available if the knowledge exam is already offered in the requested language.

The BMV currently offers the written test in the following languages:

American Sign Language Arabic Burmese Chin Croatian
French German Hindi Japanese Korean
Polish Punjabi Russian Serbian Simplified Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish Tagalog Vietnamese   

How to Request the Use of an Interpreter for a Knowledge Exam

To request a foreign language interpreter, please schedule an appointment online.

  • Make appointments online from your mobile device or computer.
  • Appointments are for individuals that need to use an interpreter for knowledge examinations when the applicant speaks a language the BMV does not have translated.
  • Please note: BMV does not provide applicants with a non-English language interpreter; this service must be arranged by the applicant.

Schedule an Appointment

The BMV does not provide applicants with a foreign language interpreter; this service must be arranged by the applicant. Also, the interpreter must be willing to sign an affidavit after the test is completed stating the interpreter gave no unauthorized assistance to the applicant.

If you do not have a credential with the BMV, you must visit a branch to get a record created. Ensure you have the necessary documents outlined here before visiting a branch.

Please note: only one interpreter allowed per customer.

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