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You need one document to prove your identity when you apply for a new driver’s license, permit, or identification card.
Customers with questions about collecting their documents can call the BMV toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help or visit any Indiana license branch for assistance.
The most common documents that you can use to prove your identity include:
If you do not have your birth certificate in your possession, you need to contact your state or county Department of Health office of the state of your birth and request an original or certified copy. Some states may take up to five months to process duplicate birth certificates.
The full list of documents proving your identity includes:
If your current legal name is different from the name on your birth certificate or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the name change (showing a link to all name changes). Acceptable documents supporting a change include:
The BMV will only accept original documents or certified copies from the issuing agency. The BMV may refuse any document that appears fraudulent, unreliable, altered, or expired. All documents must be in English or be presented with a verifiably accurate English translation.
Your legal name and date of birth on documents presented to the BMV must match Social Security Administration records. Please wait at least 24 hours after updating your information with the Social Security Administration before bringing your documents to a BMV branch.
Learn more about SecureID and receiving credentials through the mail by reading our frequently asked questions.
If you have questions, you can contact the BMV Contact Center toll-free at 888-692-6841 and speak with a customer service representative for help or visit any Indiana license branch for assistance. For all document categories, the BMV has the ability to grant exceptions if certain items, such as a birth certificate, are not available to you.