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Driving Skills Examination

Appointments are required for driving skills exams and must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours and maximum of 3 weeks in advance. The first appointments will be available as early as July 16 with all branches offering appointments by July 24.

The scheduler will be updated daily. Make sure to review all requirements prior to scheduling an exam.

On Your Scheduled Day...

  • You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving skills exam.
  • When you arrive at the branch, find the nearest associate to inform them of your skills exam as branches currently have longer wait times than normal. 

A driving skills examination is valid for two years or until the learner’s permit expires, whichever is first.

Schedule a Driving Skills Exam

How to Make an Appointment on myBMV

Watch this video to see step-by-step how to schedule an appointment for your driving skills exam.

How to Confirm Your Appointment

You can view your appointment time in your myBMV account. After you login, go to the driver's license and state ID page and select Schedule Driving Test from the left navigation. Your appointment will display on the bottom half of the page.

Schedule a Driving Skills Exam

Can't Schedule Online?

If you meet any of the following criteria, you will not be able to schedule online:

  • You are a foreign national and do not have a social security number
  • Your learner's permit expired
  • You renewed your learner's permit in the last 6 months

Please call our contact center at 888-692-6841 for help with scheduling an appointment.

What to Expect during your Driving Skills Exam

COVID-19 has changed the way driving skills exam are being executed. The BMV has implemented changes to comply with CDC guidelines and to promote a safe environment for both customers and employees.

The requirements and instructions are outlined in a quick video. Please make note of all required steps and plan ahead for your scheduled driving test.

If you are unwilling to comply with the requirements, you will be unable to complete a driving skills exam with the BMV.

Current Driving Skills Exam Requirements

  • Customer Requirements

    What To Expect At The Branch

    • You must wear a mask. If you forget your mask, a disposable mask will be provided to you.
    • You must answer a series of questions about your health.
      • If you answer yes to any of the questions, the scheduled driving exam will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date when you are feeling better.
    • You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
    • You must be accompanied by an individual who has a valid driver's license.
    • No one besides the BMV examiner is allowed in your vehicle when you take the driving skills examination.

    What To Bring With You

    • A valid Indiana learner's permit, out-of-country license, or a driver's license or ID card expired over 3 years with proof of driving record
    • Completed Supervised Driving Log
    • Driver's Ed proof of completion, if applicable
    • If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian who can sign for financial responsibility must be at the appointment OR if 18 or over, a licensed driver
  • Vehicle Requirements
    • Your examination vehicle must be insured to the state’s minimum liability insurance standard.
    • The vehicle must pass a vehicle inspection just before going on a skills exam (e.g., 2 brake lights working, all 4 turn signals working, doors operational, no cracked windshield—spidering or hindering the line of sight, no spare tires).
    • You must disable all interior cameras.
    • No one but the individual taking the skills exam can be in the car with the skills examiner.
    • You must have at least 2 windows in your vehicle opened slightly during the exam.
    • If for any reason the skills examiner determines the vehicle is unsafe, the skills exam will be canceled and the applicant can return at another time to take another skills exam when they have a vehicle that is in safe operating condition.
    • The vehicle must be legally equipped and in safe and clean condition.
    • The vehicle used must be properly registered.
  • Drive Examiner Requirements
    • BMV Drive Examiners are required to wear masks.
    • Tear away plastic seat covers will be placed over the passenger seat of your car during the exam.
    • Drive Examiners will either have hand sanitizer with them, wear gloves, or do both.  
       

Driving Skills Exam Waiver

If you have a learner's permit you may take the driving skills exam during your driver education course if your school participates in the BMV’s waiver program. You may also choose to take the skills exam at a branch when you apply for a driver's license. If any of the following situations occur, you must take the driving skills examination at a license branch:

  • Your learner's permit expires;
  • Your driver education course does not participate in the BMV's driving skills examination waiver program;
  • You fail to successfully complete your driver education program; or
  • If you are not enrolled in a driver safety program.

Elements of the Driving Skills Exam

During the exam, you must pay particular attention to the follow situations:

  • Drive in the proper lane, obey the lane markings, look carefully, and signal properly before changing lanes
  • Leave enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you to avoid a collision
  • If you are overtaken and passed by another vehicle, maintain your speed and give the other vehicle enough room to pass safely
  • Control your speed according to posted speed limits and varying traffic conditions
  • Observe good defensive driving habits
  • Listen to instructions and observe the general flow of traffic
  • Approach intersections at the proper speed, look for other vehicles, come to a complete stop, anticipate that the light might change, and do not try to beat a yellow before it changes to red
  • Use your mirrors and check your blind spots to ensure you are backing correctly out of parking spaces
  • When parallel parking, always check traffic by looking in your mirrors, signal your intention to park, position your vehicle before backing, and move into the space smoothly and at the proper speed

pay attention during driving exam

The following actions may detract from your final score:

  • Failing to use defroster or wipers when needed
  • Failing to use both hands on the wheel
  • Selecting the wrong gear
  • Failing to signal
  • Driving too slowly for conditions or stopping unnecessarily
  • Overrunning a crosswalk, stop line, or stop sign
  • Failing to check blind spot
  • Slowing speed when changing lanes
  • Reversing too fast
  • Leaving turn signal on after completed lane change
  • Driving too closely to the vehicle ahead or to a parked vehicle

driving test mistakes

The following actions will result in an automatic failure:

  • Disobeying a yield, stop, school zone, or no turn on red sign
  • Disobeying a traffic signal
  • Backing over a curb while parallel parking
  • Driving into a parked vehicle while parallel parking
  • Failure to follow instructions
  • Failure to use a seat belt
  • Failure to react to hazardous driving conditions
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Turning into or using the wrong lane
  • Passing in a no-passing zone or otherwise crossing a solid yellow line
  • Driving left of center/crossing a yellow line
  • Straddling marked lanes/using the wrong lane
  • Driving too close to pedestrians or bicycles
  • Passing a school bus with its arm out
  • Failure to pull over and stop for emergency vehicles or school buses
  • Causing an accident during a driving skills test
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Failure to obey required laws concerning railroad crossings
  • Failure to stop at a stoplight
  •  Failure to stop at stop sign completely 
  • Failure to obey posted speed limit/signs in a school zone

driving test failure

Failure of Driving Skills Exam

  • If you fail a driving skills exam, you must wait 14 days before taking another driving skills exam.
  • If you fail three driving skills exams, you must wait two months following the date of the last failed skills exam before attempting another skills exam.
  • You will be required to renew your learner’s permit if it expires before you are eligible for additional driving skills exams. You will also have to retake a knowledge exam to renew.
  • If you fail a knowledge exam you must wait until the next business day before taking another knowledge exam.

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