Learner’s Permit

Learner’s permits allow Indiana residents to practice driving before obtaining a driver’s license.

You may obtain a learner's permit if you are at least 15 years old and enrolled in an approved driver education course. You must show proof by presenting a valid Certificate of Driver Education enrollment form from the driver education course provider. You must also present documents of identification, pass a vision screening, and pass a knowledge examination. A driver education course consists of 30 hours of classroom or online instruction, and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with an approved driver education instructor.

To obtain a learner's permit without enrolling in or completing a driver’s education course, you must be 16 years of age or older, present documents of identification, pass a vision screening, and pass a knowledge examination.

IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTATION

When applying for a learner's permit you must present documentation of identification proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and two documents proving Indiana residency. If you do not have two original documents proving your Indiana residency, you may instead submit an Indiana Residency Affidavit. The affidavit must be signed by an individual who is at least 18 years of age and with whom you reside. The individual signing an Indiana Residency Affidavit must present his or her unexpired Indiana driver’s license or identification card, one document proving identity, and two documents their Indiana residency. It is not necessary for individuals with an unexpired Real ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card to provide these documents.

KNOWLEDGE EXAMINATION

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

VISION SCREENING
The vision screening measures your visual ability.

AGREEMENT OF FINANCIAL LIABILITY

An individual who signs an agreement of financial liability for a minor’s learner’s permit or driver’s license application agrees to be responsible with the minor applicant for any injury or damage the minor applicant causes by reason of the operation of a motor vehicle if the minor applicant is liable in damages.

The adult signing the agreement of financial liability must present documents of identification proving his or her identity and age.

Driving with a Learner's Permit

If you provided proof of your enrollment to an approved driver education course and successfully passed the knowledge exam to obtain your learner’s permit, you may start practicing driving with:

  • A BMV-licensed driving instructor who is working under the direction of a driver education course or certified driver rehabilitation program.
  • A licensed driver who holds a valid Indiana driver’s license, is at least 25 years of age, and is related to the learner’s permit holder by blood, marriage, or legal status.
  • A spouse that is at least 21 years of age and holds a valid driver’s license.

The licensed driver must sit in the front passenger seat of the vehicle while the learner’s permit holder is driving.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age and you are not enrolled in a driver education course, you may practice driving with a licensed driver who has valid driving privileges and is at least 25 years of age. The licensed individual must be related to the permit holder by blood, marriage, or legal status. The spouse must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. The licensed driver must sit in the front passenger seat of the vehicle while the permit holder is driving.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you may practice driving with a learner’s permit only when accompanied by a licensed driver with valid driving privileges who is at least 25 years of age or with your spouse provided he or she holds a valid license and is at least 21 years of age.

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 BMV branch and presenting identification documents.

Still Have Questions? Contact the BMV