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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

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Learner's Permit
A learner’s permit allows Indiana residents to practice driving before obtaining a driver’s license.

New Residents
If you are a new Indiana resident who has a valid driver's license from another state or foreign country you do not have to hold a learner's permit to obtain an Indiana driver's license.

Probationary Driver's License
If you are under the age of 21 when you obtain your Indiana driver's license, your license is considered probationary until you turn 21-years-old.

Driver's License
If you are 21 years of age or older when you obtain your Indiana driver's license, your license is not probationary.

  • Obtaining a driver's license
  • If renewing a license that has been expired for less than 180 days you must pay a $5 late fee and pass a standard vision screening test
  • If renewing a license that has been expired for 180 days to three years you must pay a $5 late fee and pass a knowledge examination and a standard vision screening test
  • If renewing a license that has been expired for more than three years you must pay a $5 late fee and pass a knowledge examination, a driving skills test and a standard vision screening test

Obtain a SecureID Driver’s License and ID Cards before 2020

  • A SecureID is a type of credential that satisfies federal and state requirements for the issuance of licenses, permits, and ID cards. These credentials provide greater protection in terms of preventing fraud and identity theft. The BMV will only issue new applicants a SecureID, but we recommend that all Hoosiers upgrade to a SecureID as soon as it is practical to do so. Below are a series of topics that will help you understand what SecureID are and how to obtain one.  
  • Learn more about SecureID Credentials

Organ Donation
You can register your decision to become an organ and tissue donor when renewing or updating your driver’s license. You can also register to become a donor at any time by visiting Donate Life Indiana. If you are under the age of 18 you need a parent or guardian’s permission and signature. To find out more about organ and tissue donation please click here.

Other types of licenses

Endorsements and restrictions
Endorsements and restrictions change the circumstances in which an individual may operate a motor vehicle. Some restrictions also apply to identification cards.

State to State (S2S) Credential Verification

To combat the issue of identity theft, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) continues to enhance the security of how credentials (driver’s licenses, IDs, etc.) are issued.

In February of 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, learner's permit or identification card.

Active Military and Veteran Indicator

Support Our Troops license plate A veteran may choose to have a veteran indicator placed on his or her driver’s license or identification card. To obtain the indicator, you must provide a DD214 or other military documents issued by the United States Department of Defense verifying a veteran’s service and by providing proof of discharge, other than a dishonorable discharge, from the armed forces.

Support Our Troops license plate An individual on active duty in the United States Armed Forces may choose to have an active duty military indicator placed on his or her credential. To obtain the indicator, you must provide your current military identification card during your new issuance or renewal application.

Amending a Driver’s License

Amending a Driver’s License If any personal information (name, date of birth, gender or address) has legally changed, you will need to amend the information that appears on the credential. You may amend your credential at any license branch.

Renewing or Replacing a Driver's License

You may renew or replace your driver's license online if your name and address have remained the same since the last time you received a license and you do not require testing. You may renew your driver's license online if your previous renewal transaction was completed in a license branch. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, legal address and Social Security number in order to renew or replace your driver's license online.

Renewing or Replacing a Learner's Permit

You may obtain a renewed learner’s permit once your current permit expires, or replace one that is lost or stolen, by visiting a license branch and presenting certain documents of identification. If you are visiting a license branch to renew your learner’s permit and it has been more than 180 days since your last passed knowledge test, you will need to retest.