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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Indiana

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You can apply for a new driver's license at any BMV license branch in Indiana. Obtain an Indiana Driver's Manual to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Indiana driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 15 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of Indiana residency and presence.


Indiana residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the three tests. The written and/or driving tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and presence.
Non-US citizens residing in Indiana may apply for an Indiana driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. They will have to contact a BMV license branch and apply for a learner's permit through the Central Verification Process. Note that an Indiana driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.


The standard four year Operator License costs $19. The fee varies according to the type of license issued.


The validity of an Indiana driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.

  • For drivers below 18, the license is valid until their 21st birthday, after which it may be renewed.
  • For drivers between 18 and 75, the driver's license is valid for four years.
  • For drivers between 75 and 85 years of age, the license is valid until for three years.
  • Driver's licenses for those 85 and older are valid for two years.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Indiana with a learner's permit. See more information on learner's permit here.


Submitted by Gail Cronkhite on 3rd May 2016

I am a senior citizen. I am

I am a senior citizen. I am looking at houses in both Paris IL & Terre Haute IN as I have family in both areas. I do not want to go thru all types of DL testing as I have a valid license from my state of MT. This will make my decision as to which state I will buy a house--am also checking with the state of IL for the same questions.

Submitted by new driver on 23rd Jan 2012

I am 18 years old and I was

I am 18 years old and I was wondering if you are 18 if you have to hold a permit before getting my license. My firend said his new handbook said that if you ar 18 you dont have to

Submitted by Malik chambers on 29th Feb 2016

Yes you have too hold it for

Yes you have too hold it for 6mon no matter how old you are. They changed the laws. You can also call them an theyll tell you the same thing.