State to State (S2S) Credential Verification
To combat identity theft, the Indiana BMV continues to enhance the security of how credentials (driver’s licenses, IDs, etc.) are issued.
In February 2016, the BMV began to pilot the State Pointer Exchange Service (SPEXS). SPEXS allows the BMV to verify if a credential applicant holds a credential in another participating state. This check will occur each time a customer is renewing, amending, or replacing his or her current driver's license, permit, or identification card. If more than one credential is identified during the verification process, the BMV will request that the permit, license, or identification card issued by any other state be cancelled. If the applicant does not agree to this action, the BMV will be unable to issue an Indiana credential. Indiana law prohibits an individual from holding more than one credential issued by Indiana or any other state.
- Can I have an Indiana driver’s license and still have an identification card in another state if I have a home in both places?
No, Indiana law prohibits individuals from holding more than one credential (learner’s permit, driver’s license, or identification card) issued by Indiana, or in combination with any credential issued by another state.
- Can I opt out of having my information checked with other states?
No, every credential applicant’s information is checked.
- What will happen if I do not agree to cancel my credential issued by another state?
The BMV will be unable to issue you an Indiana credential.
- Can I keep my credential from my previous state of residence?
No, all credentials must be surrendered at the time of application for an Indiana credential.
- I received a notice from the BMV stating that I have moved, and my credential would be cancelled, but I have not moved.
If you received a notification that is incorrect, please contact the Customer Contact Center at 888-692-6841. The BMV notifies customers of a “moved” condition from their record in response to identifying certain conditions.
- I talked with someone at the BMV office in a state where I hold an identification card and they said it was all right to have both my Indiana license and their identification card.
Some states allow individuals to hold multiple credentials, but Indiana law prohibits it. In addition, federal regulation prohibits certain combinations of credentials like two driver’s license or two federally compliant credentials.
- I never held a credential in the state you are reporting to me, should I be concerned about identity theft?
If you do not hold a credential in another state and the BMV found one issued under your information, you should contact the Customer Contact Center at 888-692-6841.