Indiana Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
No. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles gives drivers two options for obtaining an IN motorcycle license. They can either take a Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Course or they can pass the written knowledge and road skills exams.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Only riders age 17 and younger are required to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle in the state of Indiana. Still, full-head helmets are highly recommended by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for every rider, as this gear reduces the risk of brain injury by 67 percent.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Yes. Indiana residents will not be able to renew car registration if they:

  • Did not pass an emissions test, when required.
  • Have unpaid tickets or taxes.
  • Have an outstanding warrant.
  • Have lost their car registration and are not within the renewal window.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehiclesallows drivers to file DMV address change forms to update their mailing address online. In order to change the address on their license or registration documents, they must go in person. The BMV recommends that all documents show the same address for filing accuracy.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No. Regardless of what state you are moving to or from, a driver is required to purchase car insurance in their new state of residence. Thus, they must also cancel their previous policy.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No. All CDL drivers within the state of Indiana are required to visit a BMV license branch office in order to renew their license to drive commercial vehicles. These licenses are valid for four years and can be renewed up to one year before the expiration date.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Yes. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and certified third-party companies allow Indiana residents to obtain DMV driving records online. Certified records are also available by mail for those who cannot provide their IN driving license number.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires all resident drivers to take the written knowledge test in person at a local license branch office. In addition, while appointments are not required to take the Indiana driving permit test, applicants must arrive at least one hour before the branch closes in order to take the exam.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
Interstate CDL licenses can be used anywhere in the United States. Intrastate licenses can only be used for commercial purposes within the state of Indiana.

For more information: Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
No. The state of Indiana requires drivers to obtain their own new auto registration. The BMV even gives residents the chance to renew car registration online and by mail for their convenience.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Do boats need to be registered?
Yes. In the state of Indiana, all motorboats that will be used on waterways need to be registered with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The only exceptions are:

  • Ship lifeboats
  • Non-motorized boats
  • Motorized watercrafts from other countries
  • Any watercraft that has been moored on the Indiana part of Lake Michigan for less than 180 consecutive days.
  • Motorized watercrafts that are registered in other states.
    • The owner must have paid the excise tax in IN.
    • The boat cannot have been within Indiana for more than 60 straight days.

For more information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Indiana

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Depending on the classification of your scooter or moped as Class A or Class B, the licensing requirements are as follows:

  • For a Motor Driven Cycle Class A vehicle, you can have:
    • A drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement.
    • A drivers license with a motorcycle endorsement and an MDC Class A restriction.
    • A drivers license with a motorcycle permit.
  • For a Motor Driven Cycle Class B vehicle, you can have:
    • A driving license.
    • A driving permit.
    • An ID card with an MDC Class B endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
It is not always necessary to enroll in a Driver Safety Program if you commit a speeding violation. However, in the event that you are convicted of two or more traffic violations within 12 months, then a traffic school course is required.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes. It does not matter which state you are moving to. Every new resident is required to purchase vehicle insurance in their active state of residence. All other policies should be canceled upon leaving.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
No. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Indiana does not require its residents to report a stolen drivers license. However, the BMV does recommend that you do so to keep your identity safe and your personal information out of the wrong hands.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
No. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has not made it a requirement to file a police report when dealing with astolen car registration. However, the BMV does recommend that you take the necessary steps to protect your identity, and filing a police report can help drivers stop fraudulent activity.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
In order to find out if you will have to return your license plates when moving, the best course of action is to contact your local license branch office. They will be able to tell you whether or not you must go in person to surrender your plates.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Only drivers who are under the age of 16 are required to enroll in drivers ed in order to obtain a learning permit in Indiana. These courses combine 30 hours of in-class instruction with six hours of training behind the wheel. In addition, while they are not required for residents 16 or older, these classes are still available to such individuals.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
The Certificate of Title is an important document that features a driver s personal information. In order to keep this information out of the wrong hands, the Indiana BMV asks that you turn in a damagedcar title so that it is disposed of properly.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
Whether you are applying for a car registration replacement card or license plates, the BMV asks that you provide the damaged original copies to your application. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles office will ensure that your original credentials are disposed of properly.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Yes. Motorized scooters are classified as Motor Driven Cycles in the state of Indiana and are required to be registered with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
If your vehicle is registered in Lake or Porter county, then it must undergo a vehicle emissions test and a tampering inspection every two years if it meets the following requirements:

  • The vehicle was manufactured after 1976.
  • The vehicle has a GVWR of 9,000 pounds or less.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Indiana residents who are caught driving without proper IN auto insurance will incur an immediate drivers license suspension. In order to avoid this penalty, one must take the following measures:

  • Give back their license plates to the BMV.
  • Cancel their Indiana car registration.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
If you would like to apply for a veteran designation on your Indiana ID card, visit a license branch office and provide a DD214 form or another similar document issued by the Department of Defense, which proves your honorable discharge from the armed services. If requesting a veteran designation before the renewal window, you will have to pay a fee for the duplicate.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The Indiana written exam is taken from the information featured on the Indiana Driver s Manual. Drivers must pass this test in order to obtain a license to drive. To get a copy of this manual for studying, click here.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
There is a variety of ways that one can pay traffic tickets in Indiana, including:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail
  • In person

The methods available to you will depend on the county you live in and the system it has in place.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Indiana

How can I renew my drivers license?
Indiana residents can renew their driving license online or in person at a license branch office. To renew online, one must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a US citizen.
  • Your license is an Operator or Chauffeur license.
  • You have not changed your name or address.
  • Your license has not been expired for more than 180 days.
  • You are under the age of 75.
  • You are renewing within 12 months of the IN drivers license renewal date.
  • You do not need to take any tests or get any medical certifications.
  • You did your last renewal in person.
  • Your picture is on file at the BMV.
  • Your license is not suspended or invalid.
  • If you are under the age of 21, you do not have any points on your driving license.
  • Your driving record does not feature any of the following restrictions:
    • 2: Habitual Traffic Violator Conditional License
    • 3: Photo Exempt
    • 5: Conditional
    • 6: Interlock Ignition Device
    • 7: Seat Belt Exempt
    • 8: Medical Condition
    • 9: Temporary
    • J: Other
  • You have less than six points on your record.

If you meet the qualifications, all you have to do is log on and provide your birth date, name, address, Social Security Number and credit card information.

On the other hand, in order to renew in person, one must visit a local BMV office and provide the following:

  • Proof of ID:
    • Expiring drivers license
  • Proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • Valid I-551
    • US passport
  • Two proofs of residency:
    • Bank statements
    • Pay stubs
  • Payment for IN drivers license renewal fee

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
Residents of Indiana have three options for renewing car registration in their home state:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By mail

Online

In order to renew online, visit the BMV website, create an account and review the information that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has on file for your car. If everything is accurate, drivers must then pay for the renewal fee with a credit card, debit card or electronic check. Then print the receipt and wait for your renewed Indiana vehicle registration to arrive within 14 days.

In Person

If you would like to receive your new documents immediately, visit a local BMV office to renew. You will need to bring:

  • Current car registration.
  • Proof of passing an emissions test, if applicable.
  • Proof of auto insurance, if applicable.
  • Payment for car registration renewal fees.

By Mail

In order to apply by mail, fill out your registration renewal notice and mail it in with payment to the address listed on the form. Acceptable payment methods for mail-in applications include checks and money orders.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?
If there is a lien on your car title and your title is being held by the lien holder, you need to visit your local BMV branch and fill out a Request for out of State Title to Perfect a Lien (Form 1014). After the IN BMV receives your vehicle title from the lienholder, you can return to the BMV and complete your title application. The title will be returned to the lienholder and held by him/her until the lien is released.

If the lien on the car title has been paid off, bring your lien release form to your local BMV branch and apply for a new title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
In order to properly transfer vehicle registration to another state, a driver must contact their new state s Department of Motor Vehicles for specific instructions. Each state has different procedures for transferring registration documents, including fees and taxes that must be paid.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
If you would like to apply for a commercial driving license in Indiana, follow the steps below:

  1. Pass the written knowledge exam and road skills test for the CDL license class you want to receive.
  2. Provide a completed Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination 649-F form.
  3. Show documents that prove your:
  • Identity (standard drivers license)
  • Social Security Number (Social Security card)
  • Legal status in the country (US passport or Permanent Resident Card)
  • IN residency (utility bill and voter registration card)
    • Two documents are required to prove residency.
  1. Pay the licensing fee.

For more information:Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
To obtain a disability parking placard orlicense plates, have a licensed physician fill out the Application for Disability Plate or Parking Placard 42070 formand mail it in with payment to the address listed on the form. If you would like to go in person to a nearby BMV office to complete the process, you have the option to do so.

For more information: Information for Disabled Drivers in Indiana

How do I apply for a drivers license?
In order to apply for drivers license credentials in the state of Indiana, one must follow the steps below:

  1. Pass the written knowledge exam to obtain a learners permit.
    • Drivers must hold a permit for at least 180 days.
  2. Visit a license branch office.
  3. Provide the following documentation:
  • A filled out Log of Supervised Driving.
  • Proof of ID:
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Two proofs of IN residency:
    • Utility bill
    • Voter registration card
  • Proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Proof of legal presence:
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551
  1. Pass a vision screening test.
  2. Pass the road skills exam.
  3. Pay the Indiana drivers license fee (varies).

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The steps one needs to take to obtain a learning permit in Indiana are as follows:

  1. Visit a license branch office.
  2. Provide proof of the following:
  • Identification:
    • Birth certificate (certified copy or original)
  • Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Lawful status:
    • US passport
  • Indiana residency (two):
    • Utility bill
    • Voter registration card
  • Financial responsibility:
    • This must be signed by a parent or legal guardian if a minor is applying.
  1. Give a Certificate of Driver Education, if applicable.
  2. Take a vision test.
  3. Pass the written knowledge exam.
  4. Pay the learners permit fee.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
In order to obtain a motorcycle drivers license in Indiana, follow the steps below:

  1. Pass the written knowledge exam to obtain a motorcycle permit.
  2. Provide the necessary documentation:
    • Proof of ID (drivers license)
    • Proof of Social Security Number (Social Security card)
    • Proof of legal presence (US passport or Permanent Resident Card)
    • Two proofs of residency (bank statement or utility bill)
    • An Agreement of Financial Liability, if under 18.
  3. Pass the riding skills exam.
  4. Pass a vision screening test.
  5. Pay the licensing fee.

Note that the written and road skills exams can be avoided if the resident enrolls in and passes a BMV-authorized Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Course.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
If you are in the process of address changing and have yet to update your personal information with your car insurance providers, simply visit a local branch to notify them. Policyholders are typically asked to provide personal information, proof of their new address and their policy number in order to complete the change. Call in advance to see if you make an official address change on car insurance over the phone.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

How do I change my address on my car registration?
In order to perform a DMV car registration address change in Indiana, and obtain a replacement registration card, visit a nearby license branch office and provide a representative with the following paperwork:

  • Two documents that prove your new residency
  • One document that proves your ID
  • One document that proves your Social Security Number
  • One document that proves your legal status in the United States
  • Payment for new card

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
The process to perform a CDL address change in Indiana requires applicants to visit a license branch office and provide proof of their new residence. They can show a voter registration card, a utility bill, a bank statement, or other official type of correspondence. In addition to these residency documents, drivers must bring:

  • Proof of ID.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal presence.
  • Payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
In the state of Indiana, a mailing address can be updated online with the IN BMV system. However, in order to change your main residency, a driver must go in person to a license branch office and provide two documents that prove their new address. Furthermore, if one would like to obtain a drivers license replacement with their updated address, they must provide all of the following:

  • A document to prove ID
  • A document to prove legal presence in the US
  • A document to prove Social Security Number
  • Two documents to prove IN address
  • Payment for the duplicate fee

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Only a mailing address can be updated online with the BMV. In order to submit an address change request for your main residency, go to a license branch office and give two proofs of new address. To obtain a replacement ID card, one must also bring:

  • Proof of ID.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal status in US.
  • Payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
The process of name changing with your car insurance is simple. All you have to do is visit a local branch and inform them of the change. A representative will likely ask you to provide personal information and your policy number, and then they will update your records.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
If you would like to change name on car registration in Indiana, visit a nearby Bureau of Motor Vehicles office and provide:

  • Two documents that prove residency:
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility bill
  • One document that proves the change of name:
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
  • One document that proves identity:
    • Birth certificate (certified copy or original)
  • One document that proves Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • One document that proves your legal presence in the United States:
    • United States passport
    • Permanent Resident card
  • Payment for the duplicate car registration card
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To perform a DMV name change in Indiana, visit a license branch office and provide the following documents:

  • One proof of your name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court order
  • One proof of ID:
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • One proof of legal presence:
    • US passport
    • Permanent Resident card
  • Two proofs of IN residency:
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility bill
  • Payment for the duplicate fee

All name changes must be made within 30 days of the change of name.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
To change name on ID card credentials, follow the steps below:

  • Visit a license branch office
  • Give one proof of the name change:
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
  • Provide one proof of ID:
    • Birth certificate (certified copy or original)
  • Show one proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Give one proof of legal status in the US:
    • United States passport
    • Permanent Resident card
  • Provide two proofs of residency in Indiana:
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility bill
  • Payment for the duplicate ID card fee

The IN BMV requires that all name changes be made within 30 days of the official change

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
The process to make anofficial name changeat the SSA office is as follows:

  • Give proof of your name change:
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
  • Provide one proof of identity:
    • Indianadrivers license
    • US passport
  • Provide one proof of legal status in the US:
    • US birth certificate
    • Permanent Resident Card

Residents can also mail in their application. For more information, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
In the event you believe someone else has illegally gotten access to your DMV driving record, contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can do so by sending them an email online, calling their customer service number at 888-692-6841 or mailing them your complaint at the following address:

Indiana Government Center North Room 402 100 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If you are dealing with a stolen car registration in Indiana and would like to report this theft to the police, visit your local law enforcement agency. Once there, inform an officer of what occurred and fill out any forms provided to help prevent fraudulent activity from occurring.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
In the event you are dealing with a stolen car title in Indiana, simply visit a local law enforcement office and inform an officer about your predicament. He or she will provide you with any necessary forms to fill out, which will help prevent fraudulent activity from occurring on your BMV account.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
Drivers in the state of Indiana can obtain driver records in three ways: online, by mail and in person. To apply online, create a BMV account by providing your drivers license number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number and residential ZIP code. Then follow the online prompts to pay the fee.

By-mail applications for a driving record require residents to fill out a Request for Driver Records 53789 form and mail it in with payment to the address listed on the application. Additionally, this application can be submitted at a local BMV office.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
Residents can replace ID card credentials online or in person. To replace documents online, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You are a US citizen.
  • You do not have restrictions 3 or 9 on your record.
  • Your previous photo is on file at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  • Your current ID card is not expired.
  • You haven t undergone a name or address change.

If you cannot meet the above criteria, locate your nearest BMV office and bring proof of ID, legal presence, residency and Social Security Number, as well as payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
Drivers who have recently incurred a drivers license suspension in Indiana can only hope to obtain probationary driving privileges during this period. In order to obtain a hardship license, the court overseeing their case must determine that they are eligible to receive driving privileges in a limited capacity. In addition, if the court rules in favor of the suspended, they will submit an SR17 form to the BMV for the hardship license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Lost or stolen drivers licensescan be replaced online, if military members meet the state s criteria. If they do not, these drivers can complete a Request for Interim/Extension License 54580 form and send it to the address listed on the form. This will help them obtain a 30-day interim license, which can be used until they return to Indiana.

In addition, the drivers licenses of IN military members are valid for 90 days after discharge. So these members of the military may choose to simply wait until they return home to replace documentation.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
If you are dealing with traffic ticket fines, the most common way to get citations dismissed is to take the case to court with a traffic lawyer and win the hearing. On certain occasions, the court will give drivers the chance to take a traffic school course to prevent violations from going on their record. Additionally, there are some non-moving violations that can be erased within a few days, such as when you are caught without the proper car insurance. Sometimes, courts and officers will allow you to prove that you have coverage to get the ticket dismissed.

For more information: Get an Indiana Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Your Ticket

How do I know if my license was mailed after it has been restored?
To find out if your reinstated drivers license has been mailed, contact the Indiana BMV. You can call their Customer Contact Center at 888-692-6841, email them or make an in-person visit at your local IN DMV. You can also check your driving license status through on online driving record.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
In order to request someone else s driving record in Indiana, one must complete a Request for Driver Records 53789 form. Once the application is filled out, it can be submitted by mail or in person with payment in order to obtain the required records.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
Drivers can replace vehicle registration online or in person at a BMV office. To obtain a replacement card in person, simply provide proof of identity, your VIN or license plate number and payment to get a new registration card. Online applicants, on the other hand, must also have access to a printer and a credit card in order to pay for an auto registration replacement. The online BMV system will also ask you for personal and vehicle information.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
Indiana residents can obtain an IN car title replacement in three ways: online, in person and by mail.

For an in-person application, visit a nearby BMV office or certified partner location and provide the following:

To apply by mail, gather the above documents and mail them in with check or money order to:

Indiana BMV 100 North Senate Avenue Room 411 Indianapolis, IN 46204

Finally, online applicants should visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website, follow the prompts and provide their credit card information.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
Drivers license replacements are available online and in person at a local BMV office. To obtain a replacement in person, visit a local office with the following:

  • Proof of your identity:
    • US birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Proof of your legal status in the country:
    • Valid I-551
    • US passport
  • Proof of your Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Two proofs of your Indiana residency
    • Utility bill
    • Pay stubs
  • Payment for the replacement fee

If you would prefer to apply online, simply log on to the IN BMV system and follow the prompts. Before you do so, verify that you meet the necessary qualifications:

  • Your picture is on file.
  • You re a United States citizen.
  • You re under 75.
  • You have an Operator or Chauffeurdriving license.
  • You haven t undergone a name or address change.
  • Your license isn t invalid, suspended or expired for more than 180 days.
  • You don t have any of the following restrictions on your record:
    • Other (J)
    • Habitual Traffic Violator Conditional License (2)
    • Photo Exempt (3)
    • Conditional (5)
    • Interlock Ignition Device (6)
    • Seat Belt Exempt (7)
    • Medical Condition (8)
    • Temporary (9)

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
In order to obtain salvage car titles, one must provide the Central Office of Title Processing at 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N411, Indianapolis, IN 46204 with the following documents:

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I obtain car registration?
Drivers in Indiana have two ways to register car credentials. They may do so online or in person at a local BMV office. Online registration can only be done if the vehicle was purchased in the last 45 days and has its car title document. If it does not meet these requirements, your vehicle must be registered in person by following the steps below:

  1. Visit a local branch office.
  2. Provide your drivers license and Social Security Number.
  3. Give your vehicle title, or apply for title upon arrival.
  4. Show proof of Indiana car insurance.
  5. Show proof of emissions testing, if necessary.
  6. Pay for the registration taxes and fees.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
The main difference between a standard reinstatement and the process to reinstate revoked drivers licensecredentials for a Habitual Traffic Offender is the timetable. Whereas other suspensions last for up to one year, Habitual Traffic Offenders lose their privileges for at least five years and up to 10. Once their revocation period is over, they may provide proof of financial responsibility and pay all reinstatement fees to get back their drivers license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
If your drivers license suspension was due to the refusal to take a chemical test, you must follow the same steps as a standard driver. You must pay all reinstatement fees, show proof of financial responsibility and meet all other court requirements. If you are also convicted of DUIs in Indiana and suspended for the violation, the suspension time for refusal will be added to the original period time.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
The process to reinstate a suspended license varies based on the original offense committed. A standard breakdown of the reinstatement procedures is as follows:

  1. Wait for the predetermined suspension period to end.
    • This does not apply to suspensions that relate to unpaid fines or child support.
  2. Have your car insurance provider submit proof of financial responsibility to the BMV electronically.
  3. Pay all reinstatement fees and applicable fines online, by phone or by mail.
  4. Obtain your new Indiana driving license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
If you have incurred a traffic citation and points against your Indiana driving license, enroll in Driver Safety Program traffic school course. Drivers can complete one class every three years to remove four points from their record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

How do I renew my driving permit?
To renew your IN learners permit, all a driver has to do is visit a local license branch office and provide proof of the following:

  • Their identity (name and birth date): Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • Their legal presence in the US: US passport
  • Their residency in Indiana: Utility bill
  • Their Social Security Number: Social Security card

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

How do I renew my ID card?
When it comes time to renew ID card documentation, residents can complete the process in two ways: online and in person.

To renew online, simply visit the BMV online system and provide your name, residential address, Social Security Number and birth date. To make sure that you qualify for online renewal, verify that you meet the below criteria:

  • You are a US citizen.
  • Your Indiana ID card hasn t been expired for more than 180 days.
  • Your photo is on file with the BMV.
  • You haven t changed your name, address or other personal information.
  • You are renewing within 12 months of the renewal date.
  • You do not have restrictions 3 or 9 on your record.

If you do not meet the above qualifications, visit a license branch office and provide proof of ID, Social Security Number, legal presence and residency to obtain an identification card.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
The drivers licenses of Indiana residents in the military remain active for 90 days after discharge. In order to renew drivers license credentials while away, one must do so online, following the same steps as civilians. If a member of the military is not eligible for online renewal, he or she must use a Military Extension Letter or request a 30-day extension by filling out a Request for Interim/Extension License 54580 form and mailing it to the address listed on the form.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
To successfully renew your medical report when the time comes around, drivers must have a certified and licensed physician fill out the Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination 649-F form and submit it in one of the following ways:

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Attn: CDL Programs

100 N Senate Ave

IGCN, Room N 481

Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information: Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
To renew your Indiana motorcycle endorsement, you must follow the same steps required for renewing a standard drivers license. The only difference is that motorcycle riders will have to pay a higher fee. Renewal can be done online or in person at a local BMV office.

For more information: How to Renew/Replace a Motorcycle License in Indiana

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Non-US citizens are required to obtain duplicate drivers licenses in person at a nearby BMV office. In addition, they must bring with them all of the following items:

  • Payment
  • One proof of ID
  • One proof of Social Security Number
  • One proof of legal status in the country
  • Two proofs of residency in Indiana

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you are experiencing issues with a lost drivers license while out of state, you may be eligible to replace your credentials online. If not, you may fill out a Request for Interim/Extension License 54580 form and mail it to the address listed on the form in order to obtain a 30-day interim license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
In order to find out how to transfer titles to another state, contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in your new state of residence. Each DMV has their own way of transferring ownership documents, so be sure to find out the proper procedure before filling out any forms.

For more information: Indiana Cross-State Title Transfers

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
Before transferring car titles in this scenario, one must order a title replacement. This can be done online, in person at a license branch office or BMV partner or by mail to:

Indiana BMV 100 North Senate Avenue Room 411 Indianapolis, IN 46204

When applying in person or by mail, bring an active photo ID and a filled out Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I transfer my car title?
The process to transfer car titles in Indiana requires residents to take the following actions:

  • The seller must:
    • Sign and date the Certificate of Title.
    • Provide an odometer disclosure statement.
    • Complete a bill of sale.
    • Remove license plates.
  • The buyer must:
    • Sign and date the title under the buyer s section.
    • Complete the buyer s portion of the bill of sale.
    • Visit a license branch office.
    • Provide transfer title paperwork and Social Security Number.
    • Pay for fees.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
Recreational vehicles must be registered and have their title transferred in the same way as standard passenger cars. This includes completing the Certificate of Title, a bill of sale and paying the BMV fees.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
The process to obtain a motorcycle driving license as a member of the military is very similar to what civilians must do. Applicants must present the necessary documentation, pay the licensing fee and pass the written and riding exams. The only difference is that if the military member chooses to take an out-of-state motorcycle safety course instead of the tests, he or she must provide a copy of the course completion card, a copy of their drivers license and a copy of their motorcycle permit (if applicable) to the Indiana Motorcycle Safety Program State Coordinator.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

How does the DMV check my vision?
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles values safe driving above all else. Thus, whenever a resident applies for a drivers license, he or she must pass a vision exam that tests both field and color vision. Drivers who do not pass the exam may have to buy correctional lenses.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
The amount of time you need to have an Indiana learners permit for is 180 days, which is approximately six months. Those who completed a drivers ed course can apply for a license as young as 16 years and 180 days of age. If you did not take a course but have held a driving permit for 180 days, you must wait until you are 16 years and 270 days old.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
The amount of time one must wait in order to receive a duplicate car title in Indiana varies based on how much money the driver is willing to pay. If the driver does not want to wait a week or two to receive the document, he or she may choose to pay $25 for speed title service.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
In the event a driver refuses to take a chemical test when they are pulled over by a police officer, he or she will incur a one-year IN drivers license suspension. This will be added on to other suspensions or revocations the driver receives for their violation.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
When you visit a license branch office to apply for ID card credentials in person, a representative will give you an interim ID. Residents can expect to receive their official card in the mail within 10 business days.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The state of Indiana runs on a point system for moving violations. If a driver accumulates 18 points or more within a period of 24 months, he or she is required to attend an administrative hearing with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This hearing will determine whether or not the driver will incur a drivers license suspension.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
In Indiana, drivers are allowed to take a traffic school course one time every three years. Doing so will remove four points from their IN driving record. In addition, extra defensive driving courses may be required by courts if the driver commits more violations.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The price to obtain a car registration replacement in Indiana is $6.25. When visiting a local motor vehicle office, remember to bring proof of your name change and identity in order to get your request submitted successfully.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
In order to obtain a car title replacement in Indiana, one must provide proof of identity, name change, legal presence, Social Security Number and residency. In addition to these documents, an applicant must also provide payment for the $8 updated title fee.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The amount of money that one must pay in order to submit a name change request in Indiana varies based on the credential you are updating. The breakdown of fees is as follows:

  • New drivers license: $10.50
  • New driving permit: $10.50
  • New ID card: $11.50
  • Updated registration: $6.25
  • Updated title: $8
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
A commercial drivers license is valid for a period of four years. Renewals for these credentials can be done up to one year in advance of the expiration date.

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
If you are a United States citizen, you can renew drivers license documents up to one year in advance of the expiration date. On the other hand, non-US citizens can only begin the renewal process up to 30 days before their documentation expires.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
If a driver inherits a vehicle from a recently deceased family member, the transfer of title process only changes slightly. In addition to filling out the Indiana vehicle title and paying the appropriate fees at the local BMV office, one may also need to provide a death certificate and will from the deceased.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles does not give residents a grace period for renewing car registration documents. Drivers who do not renew on time will pay a $5 late fee in addition to the standard car registration renewal fees, and if they are caught driving with expired tags, they will receive a ticket.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
Due to the fact that the Indiana BMV does not require drivers to report lost or stolen drivers licenses, the bureau will not cover the fees associated with replacing your documentation. Fortunately, it is not expensive to replace these credentials.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If your accident involves any injuries or at least $1,000 worth of property damage, Indiana law requires you to contact the police. When taking notes of the scene, you should include:

  • The names, addresses and contact information of the drivers, passengers and witnesses.
  • The drivers license number and insurance information of all drivers.
  • The names and badge numbers of police officers involved.
  • The description of the other vehicle:
    • License plate number
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes. If a driver is considered a resident in the state of Indiana, he or she must purchase IN auto insurance. As long as the driver does not change residency, they are expected to meet the minimum requirements of coverage.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
In the event you need to access the information that was on your ticket, follow these steps:

  • Find out what county you received your ticket in with the Indiana City-to-County Finder.
  • Find the specific court of that county with the County Court Locator.
  • Contact a court representative and request the ticket information.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

If I own multiple vehicles, am I required to have them all insured?
Auto coverage is required for all vehicles operated in Indiana. Therefore, if you own multiple vehicles, all of them must have at least the state-required liability coverage. However, many IN insurance companies offer discounts for insuring more than one vehicle on the same insurance policy. Check with your insurance provider to find out if the multi-car discount is available and if you are eligible for it.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
Residents who are outside the state of Indiana and have lost their identification cards should apply for a replacement online. As long as you meet the following criteria, you are eligible to use the BMV s online system:

  • You re a United States citizen.
  • Your picture is on file at the BMV.
  • You don t have restriction 3 or 9 on your record.
  • Your ID card is not expired.
  • You have not changed your name or your address.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If dealing with the confiscation of your IN drivers license, you must complete the standard reinstatement process in order to get back your credentials. This is done by:

  1. Waiting out the suspension period.
  2. Serving any necessary prison/community service time.
  3. Enrolling in an alcohol abuse program, if necessary.
  4. Installing an ignition interlock device, if necessary.
  5. Paying all applicable fines and reinstatement fees.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

If my drivers license has been lost or stolen, how can I get it flagged with the DMV?
The DMV might flag your license number if another driver is pulled over by the police and presents your driving license as your own. In order to avoid possible fraud and identity theft, make sure that you report your IN drivers license as lost or stolen with your local police department or with the IN BMV. Find an Indiana DMV near you by using our DMV locator.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
As of April 2015, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is not accepting applications for personalized license plates. Thus, one will have to follow the standard procedure of replacing license plates and provide a completed Application for Replacement or Duplicate License Plate 37135 form and payment to a local BMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
Yes. There are two age requirements that one must be aware of in regards to commercial drivers licenses in Indiana. First of all, in order to obtain an intrastate license, which only allows you to operate a commercial vehicle within Indiana, you must be 18 years of age or older. On the other hand, interstate licenses can only be obtained by drivers 21 or older.

For more information:Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No. If you have a drivers license in Indiana, then you are allowed to renew you credentials when the expiration date approaches.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Yes. Given the importance of Indiana car registration documents, these papers should always be kept within your car in a safe place. By doing so, you will have access to these documents whenever you are traveling.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Your Indiana drivers license replacement will be mailed to the address that is listed on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If you are currently traveling out of state or are stationed elsewhere and require a replacement, be sure to provide your out-of-state address when applying.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Seniors must follow the same steps as non-seniors when renewing drivers license credentials. The only difference between the two groups is how long their renewed licenses are valid for. When a driver is between the ages of 75 and 84 years of age, they must renew every three years. When he or she is 85 years old or older, they must renew their IN drivers license every two years.

For more information: Senior Drivers in Indiana

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
The most typical reasons why one would have to transfer car titles in Indiana include:

  • When you are moving out of state.
  • When you are donating a car.
  • When you are inheriting a vehicle.
  • When you are purchasing an automobile from a private party.
  • When you undergo a name change or add an owner to the title.
  • When you satisfy a lien.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
There is a variety of ways that one can incur a suspended drivers license in Indiana. The most common violations include:

  • Driving under the influence.
  • Refusing a chemical test.
  • Driving with a suspended credential.
  • Accruing too many points on your license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
Within the state of Indiana a motorcycle endorsement can only be given to residents who are at least 16 years and 180 days old. In addition, these residents must hold an active IN drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
In addition to the classes of Indiana CDL licenses, the BMV also offers a number of endorsements to commercial drivers, including:

  • Hazardous Materials (Endorsement H)
  • School Bus (Endorsement S)
  • Passenger Transport (Endorsement P)
  • Double or Triple Trailers (Endorsement T)
  • Tank Vehicle (Endorsement N)
  • Tank Vehicles and Hazardous Materials (Endorsement X)

For more information: Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Drivers who are caught operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license in Indiana will be penalized for breaking their suspension. The minimum punishment for this offense is an additional 90-day suspension, which can go up to two years.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

What are the different types of driving records?
The state of Indiana offers two different types of driving records. These include the official (certified) record and the viewable driver record. Certified records are often required by employers and school admission offices.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The breakdown of ID card fees in Indiana is as follows:

  • Standard identification card: $11.50
  • Special identification card: $9

When visiting a nearby license branch office, you will be able to pay with cash, check or a major credit card.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The standard fee for a drivers license replacement in Indiana is $10.50. This is also the price required to amend an operator license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 and are not taking a drivers ed course, you can only drive while a certified driving instructor is in the passenger seat. Spouses 21 or older and licensed drivers 25 and older are also acceptable driving companions when driving with an Indiana learners permit. Drivers who are 18 or older can drive as long as a licensed individual who is 21 or older is in the passenger seat.

In addition, drivers who are enrolled in drivers education can only operate a vehicle after their course is completed and while one of the three types of individuals listed above is in the passenger seat.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
In order to apply for a license to drive commercial vehicles in Indiana, one must submit a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination 649-F form. This application must be certified by a member of the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and turned in by one of the following means:

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Attn: CDL Programs

100 N Senate Ave

IGCN, Room N 481

Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information: Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
The most typical reasons someone needs to replace car registration include:

  • If the current car registration is lost.
  • If the registration is stolen.
  • If the registration documents are damaged and illegible or destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Drivers under the age of 18 who hold a learning permit face the same penalties and traffic fines as adults. The only difference is that it only takes two or more offenses, two or more accidents or a combination of the two to result in a mandatory traffic school course.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
If a driver is charged with a DUI in Indiana, he or she can incur any or all of the following penalties, based on the number of the offense:

  • Time in jail
  • Time in community service
  • Drivers license suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol education program
  • Fines
  • Reinstatement fees
  • Ignition interlock device installment

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The amount of money one must pay to reinstate suspended drivers license documents varies based on the number and severity of the offense. Subsequent and more severe offenses come with higher fines and more complex reinstatement procedures.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
The amount of money that one must pay in order to receive auto registration documents varies based on a number of factors. These factors include:

  • The weight of the vehicle.
  • The type of vehicle.
  • The county where it is to be registered.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The cost of a car title copy in Indiana is $8. If you would like to expedite the shipment of your documents, the speed title service will cost you $25.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The fees that one must pay when renewing car registration are as follows:

  • To replace a registration card: $6.25
  • To replace a plate or a sticker: $10.25

Depending on how you choose to replace your credentials, you will be able to pay with cash, check or credit card.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The fees for renewing auto registration in Indiana depend on a number of different factors, such as:

  • The type of the vehicle
  • The kind of license plates
  • The weight of the car
  • The county the vehicle is registered in

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
Three-wheel motor vehicles, or autocycles, have specific licensing requirements in Indiana. In order to operate one of these vehicles, one must have one of the following credentials:

  • An Operator license
  • A Chauffeur license
  • A Public Passenger Chauffeur license
  • A CDL license

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
The Indiana court that sees the case will determine whether or not the driver is eligible to receive a hardship drivers license. If the court chooses to give said driver probationary driving privileges, they will notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles by submitting an SR17 form.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
Drivers who fail a road skills exam must wait 14 days before they can retake the driving test. If a driver with a learners permit fails the driving test three times, he or she must wait two months after their most recent exam to take it again in hopes of obtaining an Indiana driving license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
In addition to testing requirements, anyone submitting a drivers permit application must also provide the following documents:

  • A Certificate of Driver Education from an approved program, if applicable
  • One proof of ID:
    • Birth certificate (certified copy or original)
  • One proof of lawful status:
    • US passport
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Proof of financial responsibility
    • This must be signed by a parent or legal guardian on the back of the application.
  • Two proofs of residency in Indiana:
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility bill

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
If you are getting a motorcycle license in the state of Indiana, you must bring the following documents to the local BMV office:

  • Proof of identity: Indiana driving license
  • Proof of legal status in the country: United States passport or Permanent Resident Card
  • Proof of your Social Security Number: Social Security card
  • Two proofs of residency: a bank statement and a pay stub
  • Proof of Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Course completion, if applicable
  • An Agreement of Financial Liability, for riders under 18

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
All applying drivers must provide a number of documents in order to receive a new driving license in Indiana. The list of documents you need to bring is as follows:

  • A completed Log of Supervised Driving.
  • Proof of identification:
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Two proofs of residency in Indiana:
    • Utility bill
    • Voter registration card
  • Proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Proof of legal status in the country:
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551

Both citizens and non-citizens are required to provide all of the above documentation.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
All in-person and by-mail applicants for a duplicate car title must provide the following documentation:

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
To prove residency in the state of Indiana, an applicant who wants to change addresses on DMV documents must provide two of the following documents:

  • Voter registration card
  • Utility bill
  • USPS change of address confirmation
  • Mortgage contract
  • Bank statement
  • W-2 form
  • Pay stub

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Non-US citizens are required to present all of the following documents in order to file address change forms in Indiana:

  • Proof of ID:
    • Birth certificate (certified copy or original)
  • Proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • Proof of legal status in the US:
    • Permanent resident card
  • Two proofs of residency:
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility bill

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
When replacing car registration in Indiana, one must provide some information to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles representative. Required documents include:

  • Proof of ID, such as an Indiana drivers license.
  • Vehicle identification, such as a VIN number or license plate number.
  • Your current registration card, if only damaged.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
In order to register car documents in the state of Indiana, a driver must provide the following:

  • An Indiana drivers license
  • Original vehicle title
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Indiana car insurance
  • Certificate of emissions testing

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Indiana

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
If renewing car registration in Indiana in person, bring the following documents:

  • Your current vehicle registration
  • Proof of passing an emissions test, if applicable
  • Proof of Indiana car insurance, if applicable

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
If a driver is not eligible to renew online or simply chooses to go in person to renew drivers license documents, he or she must provide the documents below:

  • One document that proves ID:
    • Expiring driving license
  • One document that proves Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
  • One document that proves legal presence:
    • Valid I-551
    • US passport
  • Two documents that prove IN residency:
    • Bank statements
    • Pay stubs

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
Drivers must provide a number of documents when they go to a license branch office to transfer car title in Indiana. Remember to bring:

  • A complete Certificate of Title.
  • A filled out bill of sale.
  • An odometer disclosure statement.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
Drivers who choose to replace drivers license credentials at a nearby BMV office must provide the documents listed below:

  • Two documents that verify your IN residency:
    • Bank statements
    • Utility bills
  • A document that shows proof of ID:
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • A document that verifies your legal status:
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551
  • A document that shows proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
Indiana residents who would prefer not to take a Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Course must pass two exams in order to get their motorcycle license endorsement. These are:

  • The written knowledge exam, which is based on Indiana Motorcycle Operator s Manual.
  • The riding skills test.

In addition, applicants may also be asked to take a vision test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Indiana

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
In order to obtain an Indiana car title replacement, one must fill out an Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form. This form can be submitted by mail or in person at a local BMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

What happens if I don’t pay for my traffic ticket from another state?
Indiana receives and provides information over certain traffic violations and convictions to other states. If you get a traffic ticket in another state, it will be treated as if it were received in your home state. Therefore, failure to pay an out-of-state traffic citation in Indiana may result in points being added to your driving record or even a driving license suspension.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
Commercial drivers are required by the state of Indiana to report any traffic violation conviction to their employer within a period of 30 days. Additionally, if these commercial vehicle operators are caught committing any of the following violations, they will incur a one-year drivers license suspension:

  • Refusing a chemical test
  • Driving under the influence
  • Leaving an accident
  • Committing a felony with a CDL license
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Causing a death by accident

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If a driver is convicted of DUI in the state of Indiana, the consequences are severe. Concerning the license, suspension is imminent. The length of the suspension, however, varies based on the circumstances:

  • A first offense results in a one-year drivers license suspension.
  • If the first offense occurred while transporting hazardous materials, the suspension is three years long.
  • Any subsequent violations result in a lifetime CDL license disqualification.

For more information: Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If the original vehicle title is found once you have received an Indiana car title replacement, choose one of the following options:

  • Turn in your original title at a BMV office for them to dispose of the document.
  • Dispose of the document at home.
  • Keep the original document on file.

Whatever your decision, keep in mind that the original title is invalidated the moment a replacement is issued.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

What information does a driving record contain?
In the state of Indiana, a DMV driving recordsfeatures a wide variety of information, such as:

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

What is an ID card?
The Indiana ID card is a government-issued credential that features a variety of personal information, including one s name, address and date of birth. Thus, it can be used as a primary form of identification for any resident who does not hold a drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The total cost of a DUI conviction varies based on the number of the offense and its severity. A first offense can cost drivers anywhere between $500 and $5,000. Additionally, a third offense can cost you up to $10,000.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic ticket fines depends on the severity of the offense committed. Some violations are more costly than others. A DUI in Indiana, for instance, will come with fines that are substantially higher than those related to a minor speeding ticket.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The cost associated with purchasing a driver record in Indiana varies based on the kind of record you wish to obtain. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers viewable driving records at no charge, but official records come with a cost of $4.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
The immediate penalty for a first offense of driving under the influence as a commercial driver is a one-year drivers license suspension. If the operator was transporting hazardous materials, the suspension will last three years. Additionally, any subsequent offense of DUI in Indiana will result in a lifetime disqualification.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
In addition to fines, minors will also incur a drivers license suspension of up to one year. In addition, their DUI will be considered a Class C infraction, as their legal BAC limit is 0.02 percent.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has very specific laws regarding car insurance. The breakdown of the minimum amounts each driver must have is as follows:

  • Bodily injury for one person per accident: $25,000
  • Bodily injury for multiple people per accident: $50,000
  • Property damage per accident: $10,000
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: Equal to the above liability amounts
  • Underinsured motorist coverage per accident: $50,000

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
The written test is made up of 16 traffic sign identification questions and 34 general knowledge questions. In order to pass, an applicant must answer 14 sign questions correctly and get 28 road regulations questions right.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
In order to obtain a title for a motorcycle or scooter, one must follow the same process as getting titles for a passenger vehicle. Fill out an Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form, give the current car title with odometer reading, provide proof of ID, proof of sales tax paid and proof of residency, and pay the necessary fee to obtain the credential.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

What languages is the written test available in?
The Indiana written exam is available in 12 different languages. They are:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Chin
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

These exams are available in any license branch office that features touch-screen Automated Testing Terminals.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
If you are charged withdriving under the influence in Indiana, the basic steps to reinstate your license are:

  1. Wait out the suspension period.
  2. Serve prison/community service time.
  3. Complete alcohol abuse program, if necessary.
  4. Install an ignition interlock device, if necessary.
  5. Pay all applicable fines and the reinstatement fee.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
It is risky not to completea motor vehicle change of address in Indiana. Forgetting or choosing not to update personal information will result in your not receiving important notices from the BMV about car registration renewal or drivers license suspension. Additionally, if you are caught not updating your personal information before the due date, you will incur a late fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Drivers who wait until their licenses are expired will have to pay a $5 late fee. In addition to the added drivers license renewalcosts, there are other penalties based on the amount of time that elapsed since the expiration date:

  • If the license is expired for less than 180 days, you must take a vision test.
  • If the license has been expired between 180 days and three years, you must take a written knowledge test and a vision exam.
  • If the license has been expired for more than three years, you must pass a written knowledge test, a road skills test and a vision exam.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
Regarding what documents can be used to prove that you meet Indiana s minimum car insurancerequirements, any of the following will suffice:

  • A vehicle insurance card
  • An insurance binder
  • A copy of your policy
  • A letter from your provider on the company s letterhead

If registering car credentials online, one does not have to provide proof of coverage.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
You should receive Indiana car registration renewal tags in the mail within 14 days of applying. If you do not receive the auto registration documents by the end of this period, contact the Indiana BMV office for information on when to expect them.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If your new license does not show up within 10 business days of your Indiana drivers license renewal, contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. A few minutes on the phone with a BMV representative will help you find out where your license is and how long you will have to wait.

For more information: Indiana DMV Office Contact Information

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
First-time drivers in Indiana are required to take the Bureau of Motor Vehicles written knowledge exam and a vision test in order to obtain their IN driving permit. The questions on the written exam are taken from the information that is found in the Indiana Driver s Manual.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
When applying for a commercial driving license in Indiana, drivers must take and pass a written knowledge exam and a road skills test. In addition, extra tests will also be administered by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles if the applicant in question wants to obtain CDL endorsements. Each endorsement comes with its own test.

For more information: Indiana Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
In the state of Indiana, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires all driving applicants to take three separate exams before they are given an IN driving license. The exams are:

  • The written exam, to test your knowledge on the road regulations and signs of the state.
  • The vision test, to make sure your sight is sufficient for safe driving.
  • The driving test, to make sure you can abide by road rules and traffic signs.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
Drivers in the state of Indiana are required to have a few different types of auto insurance in order to operate a motor vehicle within the state. These kinds of coverage include:

  • Bodily injury per person.
  • Bodily injury for multiple people.
  • Property damage.
  • Uninsured motorist coverage.
  • Underinsured motorist coverage.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
When applying for a drivers license, it is important to know the name of the credential you require. As opposed to a CDL license, standard drivers in Indiana pursue what is called an operator driver license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
In the event a driver chooses not to purchase or maintain car insurance in Indiana, and is caught operating a motor vehicle, the penalties are as follows:

  • A 90-day drivers license suspension for a first offense
  • A one-year suspension for a second offense within three years of the first

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The timetable for reinstating suspended drivers license credentials varies depending on the offense in question. Some violations require drivers to wait up to a year to reinstate while others can be satisfied immediately. A few examples include:

  • A failure to pay citations: Reinstatement is possible after paying the fines.
  • A failure to pay child support: Reinstatement can begin once the support is paid.
  • Not having auto insurance: Reinstatement can be done once proof of financial responsibility is shown to the BMV.
  • Point-based suspensions: A license can only be reinstated after the predetermined suspension period is over.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Indiana

When does my car registration expire?
Your IN vehicle registration needs to be renewed every year on the same date. The expiration date is determined by your last name. In addition, you will receive a renewal notice several weeks before your registration expires with instructions on how and where to renew your car registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

When does my ID card expire?
Identification cards in Indiana are valid for a period of six years. Thus, they must be renewed every time six years pass.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
Residents in the state of Indiana are required to submit an IN address change request with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of their move. Not doing so will result in penalties.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Indiana

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A bill of sale should be used in every private vehicle transaction and must be completed by the seller. This is especially important if a certificate of title does not feature spaces for sale date or price. As for required information, all of the following details should be included on an Indiana bill of sale:

  • The names of the buyer and the seller
  • The signatures of the buyer and the seller
  • The addresses of the buyer and the seller
    • Vehicle information:
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • VIN
    • Odometer reading
  • Selling price
  • Sale date

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Indiana

When will I need to renew my license?
One must renew drivers license credentials before the expiration date listed on the card. Each drivers license expires at midnight on the holder s birthday.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
Applicants should receive their duplicate drivers license in Indiana within 10 business days of applying. If 10 business days pass and you still do not have your replacement, contact the BMV office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Indiana Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
In order to find out the status of your Indiana driving license, the best thing to do is obtain your driving record. These records feature a full report of violations, license suspensions, revocations and even cancellations.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
In the event you need to obtain an Indiana car registration replacement because your documents were lost, stolen or damaged, you can simply visit a local BMV office. Fortunately, these offices are located all across the state of Indiana.

For more information: Indiana DMV Office Contact Information

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
Ignition interlock devices may be required by the Indiana court when a driver commits a penalty of driving under the influence. To find out more information on these devices, visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicle s Common Traffic Violations page.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
In the event that you have received traffic fines or a parking ticket, you can easily find the citation information online. Simply visit the Indiana Public Access Online Ticket Payment page and provide your ticket number, drivers license number, name and birth date.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

Where can I find the DMV locations?
Please follow the link below for your nearest DMV location:

Indiana DMV Office Contact Information

Where can I get a new drivers license?
Applicants can visit any local license branch office to obtain a license to drive in Indiana. Luckily, finding a nearby location is easy because these offices are spread all throughout the state for the convenience of residents.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Indiana

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Drivers can submit their request for a duplicate car title in person, online or by mail. If you choose to apply by mail, send the Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form, an active ID and a check or money order to the following address:

Indiana BMV 100 North Senate Avenue Room 411 Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

Where can I obtain an ID card?
If you would like to obtain anID card in Indiana, simply visit a nearby BMV license branch office. These offices are located all throughout the state for the convenience of all Indiana residents.

For more information: How to Apply for an Indiana Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
All vehicles registered in the state of Indiana must meet the proper IN vehicle insurance requirements. This extends to passenger vehicles, pickup trucks, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and more.

For more information: Indiana Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
Any minor applying for a driving permit in Indiana must have a parent or legal guardian sign a proof of financial liability document. If a parent or guardian cannot be present, any adult who is willing to assume the financial responsibility of the minor can sign it.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Indiana

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
Oftentimes, violations will not appear on your Indiana driver record instantaneously. However, just because they do not appear within the next few days does not mean they will not be put on your record. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles updates information up to 10 days after the citation.

For more information: Your Indiana Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Yes. Whether you are renewing drivers license credentials early or late, drivers who visit a license branch office must perform a vision screening. If you drive with prescription glasses, be sure to bring them when you go to renew credentials.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
No. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles does not mail out drivers license renewal notices for its residents. It is their responsibility to know when and where they must renew their credentials.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Indiana

Will I get any points on my record if I received a traffic ticket from another state?
The state of Indiana receives and provides information over certain traffic violations and convictions to other states. Therefore, if you are issued a traffic citation outside IN, it will be treated as it was received in your home state. This means that out-of-state traffic tickets will result with points being added to your IN driving record and even a drivers license suspension.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Indiana

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Yes. There is a wide variety of offenses that result in points against drivers licenses, with violations ranging from two to eight points. Exceeding the speed limit by less than 15 miles per hour, for instance, is a two-point violation.

For more information: Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Point System

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated in Indiana, the court will determine whether or not you must take an alcohol awareness course. While assessments are typically given to first-time offenders, it is usually subsequent offenders who receive the course requirement.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Indiana

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
No. An application is not a requirement when applying for duplicate car registration in Indiana. When applying online, one must simply provide personal, vehicle and credit card information. If applying in person, however, one may be asked to fill out some paperwork in addition to providing necessary documentation.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No. While drivers are required to provide proof of identity and a completed Application for Certificate of Title 44049 form when replacing car title in Indiana, it is not necessary to show proof of insurance when applying, especially by mail or online.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Indiana

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles sends out vehicle registration renewal notices several weeks before the expiration of registration documents. The letters of notice feature the fees that you must pay, as well as the expiration date of your registration and the methods by which you can renew.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
If you are not sure when you need a car registration renewal, check your renewal notice. The BMV will send you a letter several weeks before the expiration of your registration with details on the due date and fees you must pay.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Indiana