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The BMV has provided a number of resources to assist military families in meeting the requirements of renewing driver licenses and registrations, as well as completing other transactions, while living away from the state.
A veteran may choose to have a “veteran indicator” placed on his/her driver’s license or identification card. To obtain the indicator, the applicant must present proof of discharge or separation, other than a dishonorable discharge, from the armed forces of the United States. If the indicator is added to a new issuance or a renewal transaction of a driver’s license or identification card, there is no charge. If the indicator is added to an unexpired driver’s license or identification card outside of a renewal transaction, there will be a $10 charge to produce the new card.
Indiana law (Indiana Code 9-24-12-6(e)) provides that the driver’s license of any Indiana resident serving in the United States Armed Forces and residing outside Indiana, or spouse and/or dependent (living outside Indiana) of someone in active duty military, remains valid for ninety (90) days after discharge or post-deployment regardless of the expiration date of the license. Please print the Military Extension Letter and while operating a motor vehicle, you should have in your possession your most current license along with this letter and proof of your service in the armed forces.
Customers may renew or replace his or her driver's license online if their name and residential address has remained the same since the last time he or she received a license. You may renew online if your previous renewal transaction was completed in a license branch. To renew or replace a license online, the customer will need to provide the driver’s license number, legal ZIP code, and last four of the Social Security number.
If you are temporarily living outside Indiana and your Indiana license has been lost or stolen while you are out of the state, you may attempt to either renew or replace your license online or request a 30-day interim credential that will allow you to return to Indiana and obtain a replacement license. You may request a 30-day interim credential by submitting a completed Request for Interim/Extension License - State Form 54580.
If a military applicant, or spouse and/or dependent of a military applicant, holds an expired Indiana License, while on active duty, the applicant is exempt from the knowledge and skills test requirements regardless of the license expiration date as long as the individual applies within 90 days of discharge from the military and presents proof of discharge within 90 days when he or she conducts the transaction at a BMV branch. The testing exception does not apply to drivers who have six or more active points on their license or are suspended. Also, transactions on myBMV.com cannot be conducted if a license is expired for more than 180 days or testing is required.
Active duty military personnel wishing to renew their Indiana driver’s license must do the following if their credential has been expired for more than six months and returned from deployment less than 90 days ago:
The BMV may waive the required drive skills test for select veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with specific drive training and were truck drivers during their military service when they apply for an Indiana Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
Indiana recognizes approved motorcycle safety courses completed in other states and all five branches of the military and allows applicants to obtain a motorcycle endorsement after showing proof of completing an approved safety course.
An applicant for a motorcycle endorsement must have completed an approved safety course no more than one year prior to applying for the endorsement. If your course completion card is more than one year old, you may not use that card for a waiver of the skills test.
If you are applying for a motorcycle endorsement in Indiana and have completed a motorcycle safety course in another state or through the military, you must provide a copy of the course completion card, and a copy your driver's license and motorcycle learner's permit (if you have one), to Indiana's Motorcycle Safety Program State Coordinator. You may fax the copy to 317-233-0189 or mail it to:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 North Senate Avenue, N481
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The phone number is: 800-497-9979
You must include your mailing address and phone number along with the copy of your course completion card.
If it is determined that the safety course you completed meets the criteria set for approved courses, you will be issued an Indiana course-completion card, dated the same as your original course completion, which will be recognized at any Indiana license branch as a waiver of the state skills test. Replacement cards are normally processed in one to three days plus mailing time. You will be notified if it is determined that the course you took does not meet Indiana standards.
Military personnel from Indiana who live out of the state may either obtain registration in their new state of residence or renew their vehicle registrations through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If you are a member of the military who lives out of Indiana but would like to renew your registration in Indiana, you may have the BMV send your registration renewal notice and your renewed material either to your home address or to the address of a friend or family member who can send the material to your current location. If you would like the BMV to send your renewal notice and renewed registration material to your home address, you will need to have a valid mail-forwarding order with your local post office so that your material will reach your current address. If you would like your renewal notice and renewed material sent to the address of a friend or family member, please ensure that the address of your friend or family member is filed with the BMV as your address of record.
If you are a member of the military from another state who is stationed in Indiana, you may renew your vehicle registrations in Indiana. Please visit a license branch with the following documents:
Please note that members of the military will not be charged the $5 per license plate late fee if they do not renew their registration by their renewal deadline.
Military and civilian employees of the U.S. government returning at the end of an assignment to extended duty outside the customs territory of the U.S. may include a conforming vehicle among their duty-free personal and household effects.
The following completed documents are necessary for titling imported vehicles for personal use:
Once you have all of these documents, you may apply for an Indiana title at a license branch.
The special recognition license plate program allows motorists to support military personnel.
Hoosiers who purchase special recognition license plates should expect to pay the following fees:
All Indiana license plates that support military personnel are available as motorcycle plates.
To view more information about available military license plates, please select a plate from the list below: