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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 are enrolled in an approved driver education program. You must show proof of your enrollment in an approved driver education program by presenting a valid Certificate of Driver Education Enrollment from the program. You must also present documents of identification, pass a vision screening test and pass a knowledge examination.

A driver education program consists of thirty hours of classroom/online instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with an approved driver education provider.

To obtain a learner's permit if you are 16 years of age or older you must present documents of identification at a license branch, pass a vision test and pass a knowledge examination.

Log of supervised driving

Indiana law requires persons with a learner’s permit to complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed instructor or with:

  • If the individual is less than 18 years of age:
    • A licensed driver, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 25 years of age and related by blood, marriage or legal status
    • A spouse, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 21 years of age
    • An individual with valid driving privileges who is  a licensed as a driver education instructor and is working under the direction of a driver training school
    • An individual with valid driving privileges who is certified as a driver rehabilitation specialist recognized by the BMV and is employed through a driver rehabilitation program
  • If the individual is over 18 years of age:
    •  A licensed driver, with valid driving  privileges, who is at least 25 years of age and related by blood, marriage, or legal status
    • A spouse, with valid driving privileges, who is at least 21 years of age

At least 10 hours of supervised driving practice must be nighttime driving. The practice time must be maintained in a Log of Supervised Driving and presented to the BMV at the time of application for a driver’s license.

Documents of identification

When applying for a learner's permit you must present documents of identification proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and Indiana residency.

If you are younger than 18 years of age and 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 18 years of age or older and with whom you reside. The individual signing an Indiana Residency Affidavit must present their unexpired Indiana driver’s license or identification card, one document proving their identity, and two documents proving their Indiana residency. It is not necessary for individuals with an unexpired SecureID 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 test read to you. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge examination.

Vision screening test

The vision screening test measures your visual ability.

Agreement of financial liability

If you are younger than 18 years of age Indiana law requires that applicationsfor a permit or license must be signed and sworn to or affirmed by one (1) of the following in order of preference:

  1. The parent having custody of the minor applicant or a designee of the custodial parent specified by the custodial parent.
  2. The noncustodial parent (as defined in IC 31-9-2-83) of the minor applicant or a designee of the noncustodial parent specified by the noncustodial parent.
  3. The guardian having custody of the minor applicant.
  4. In the absence of a person described in subdivisions (1) through (3), any other adult who is willing to assume the obligations imposed by the provisions of financial liability under IC 9-24-9.

An individual who signs a permit or license application for a minor agrees to be responsible jointly and severally with the minor applicant for any injury or damage that 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 are enrolled in an approved driver education program

If you have a learner’s permit and you are enrolled in an approved driver education program you may practice driving only after you begin an approved driver education program. 

You may only drive when you are accompanied by a BMV licensed driving instructor who is working under the direction of a driver training school or a certified driver rehabilitation specialist recognized by the BMV and who is employed through a driver rehabilitation program. The instructor, teacher, or rehabilitation specialist must be seated in the vehicle’s front passenger seat. 

You may also practice driving with a licensed driver that has valid driving privileges and is 25 years of age or older. These individuals must be related to the permit holder by blood, marriage or legal status, or they must be a spouse  of the permit holder with valid driving privileges 21 years of age or older. These individual must also be seated in your vehicle’s front passenger seat.

If you are NOT enrolled in an approved driver education program

If you are between the ages of 16 years and 18 years and you are not enrolled in a driver education program, you may practice driving with a licensed driver that has valid driving privileges and is 25 years of age or older. The licensed individuals must be related to the permit holder by blood, marriage or legal status, or they must be a spouse of the permit holder with valid driving privileges 21 years of age and older. The individuals must be seated in the seat beside the individual holding the learner permit. 
You may also practice driving with a learner’s permit if accompanied by an individual licensed as a driver education instructor that is working under the direction of a driver training school or a certified driver rehabilitation specialist recognized by the bureau who is employed through a driver rehabilitation program.

 
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 is licensed and 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 license branch and presenting certain documents of identification.

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