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The State of Indiana issues new driver’s licenses and permits at BMV license branches.  All applicants for new driver’s licenses or permits must meet Indiana SecureID requirements.  These standards comply with federal security laws.  The applicant must present documents verifying their identity, Social Security number, United States lawful status, and Indiana residency.

Persons who are not United States citizens (legal temporary or permanent residents) are required to have a SecureID and must present full documentation to apply for a new, renewal or to amend their existing driver’s license, permit, or identification card.  This includes providing documents which prove identity, Social Security number, United States lawful status, and Indiana residency.  This documentation is not required when replacing a valid SecureID.

Documents of identification required in Indiana

Customers who are renewing, amending, or replacing their current Indiana driver’s license, permit, or identification card have the option of applying for a SecureID or a non-SecureID.  A non-SecureID does not require additional documentation and allows the holder to drive and/or vote.  Hoosiers who want a SecureID are asked to bring original versions or certified copies of documents to the license branch so they can obtain a new SecureID credential.

Driver's License and Learner's Permit

Learner's Permit

To obtain an Indiana driver's license, you must meet age requirements and have held an Indiana learner's permit for 180 days (approximately six months).

If you have successfully completed an approved driver education program you must be at least 16 years and 180 days old (approximately 16 years and six months) to obtain a driver's license. 

If you have not successfully completed an approved driver education program you must be at least 16 years and 270 days old (approximately 16 years and nine months) to obtain a driver's license.

To apply for a driver’s license, you must visit a license branch and present documents of identification and provide a signed Log of Supervised Driving.  In addition, you must pass a driving skills test, a knowledge examination, and a vision screening test.

Probationary Driver's License
If you are 16 or 17 when you obtain your Indiana driver's license, your license is considered probationary until you turn 18 years old.

Driver's License
If you are 18 years of age or older when you obtain your Indiana driver's license, your license is not probationary.

Endorsements and Restrictions

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

Testing, Examination and Screening

Driving skills test

You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving skills test.

Knowledge examination

You do not need to schedule an appointment for a knowledge examination unless you need to have the test read to you. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge examination.

Vision screening

The vision screening test measures your visual ability. If your visual ability does not meet state standards you will be referred to an eye doctor for an eye examination.

Additional Licenses and Endorsements

Indiana also issues licenses for commercial drivers, chauffeurs, and motorcycle riders.

Renewing or Replacing a Driver's License

If you are under the age of 75, you may renew your driver's license or identification card online if your name and address have remained the same since the last time you received a license or ID card and you do not require testing. You may renew your driver's license or identification card 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 license or identification card online. Driver’s license and identification card holders with temporary or permanent lawful status must visit a branch location to complete a renewal or replacement transaction.

If you must visit a branch, here is a list of BMV locations

Renewing or Replacing a Learner's Permit

You may obtain a new 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.

Residents With An Out-Of-Country License

The United States signed an agreement with many other countries to honor a foreign driver license for visitors to the United States for at least one year from the date of arrival. This privilege is made possible as a result of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva, 1949), and the Convention on the Regulation of American Automotive Traffic (Washington, 1943), both of which have been ratified by the United States.

An out-of-country driver's license cannot be used for identification purposes. You do not have to surrender an out-of-country license if you are issued an Indiana driver's license, permit, or identification card.

If you have an out-of-country driver's license and intend to become a resident of Indiana or meet Indiana residency requirements, you must pass the vision screening test, written knowledge test, and driving skills test to obtain an Indiana driver's license.

All documents proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and Indiana residency will be verified through a central verification process. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to BMV.

When your documents are verified, the BMV will mail the license, permit, or identification card to you. If the documents cannot be verified, you will receive a letter explaining the determination and your rights to request an administrative hearing to review the determination. No refunds will be issued in the case of documents that cannot be verified.