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

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Indiana residents must obtain a drivers license to gain full driving privileges in the state. Indiana state drivers licenses are issued by the IN Bureau of Motor Vehicles and grant drivers permission to operate a motor vehicle on public roads. A DMV drivers license can also be used to show proof of identity, as it is accepted as an identification document by government authorities. Before applying for drivers license privileges in IN, driving applicants must first pass a drivers ed course and meet other requirements set by the Indiana BMV.

Did you know? Over half of the written driving exam test-takers fail on the first try. Using our DMV practice exam can help you pass the IN driving test with ease.

How to Apply for an Indiana Driver's License:

  • Visit an IN BMV location.
  • Have a valid Indiana learners permit for at least 180 days.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Take and pass the driving test.
  • Complete a vision screening.
  • Pay Indiana driving license fees.

Learn how to get a drivers license in Indiana by reviewing the topics below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Indiana

To get drivers license privileges in Indiana, you will need to complete a drivers license application. Qualified candidates may apply for a standard IN drivers license and a CDL drivers license.

  • Probationary Driver's License - Issued to teen drivers as a learner drivers license in order to operate a vehicle, under certain restrictions.
  • Operator's License - Issued to drivers who operate a non-commercial vehicle.
  • Operator's License with a Motorcycle Endorsement - Issued to drivers who meet the requirements to operate a motorcycle.
  • Chauffer's License (CH) - Issued to drivers that transport property for hire in a vehicle that weighs up to 26,000 pounds.
  • Public Passenger Chauffer's License (PPC) - Issued to drivers that transport no more than 14 passengers for hire in a vehicle that weighs up to 26,000 pounds.
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds or who transport more than 15 passengers.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Indiana

Getting drivers license privileges in Indiana requires all IN residents who intend to operate a motor vehicle to pass a series of exams and provide proof of identity and residency. A new drivers license is issued to drivers that satisfy each of the requirements set by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Indiana New Drivers (Over 18)

To obtain an adult Indiana drivers license, new motorists who have never been licensed before must pass a written driver's exam.

IN Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

By taking a practice learners permit test and reviewing the IN study guide, drivers who are 18 and over can be prepared for the written exam. Indiana DMV practice tests cover a wide range of Indiana traffic laws to prepare you for your official exam day.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in IN

To get an Indiana state drivers license, driving applicants must visit a local DMV to present the necessary documentation. New drivers license applicants must gather the following documents:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Indiana residency.
  • Proof of lawful status in the United States.

IN Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Driving applicants looking to get an Indiana DMV drivers license must be at least 16 years and 90 days of age and must have completed a BMV-approved drivers ed program. Completion of BMV-approved drivers ed is not necessary for driving license applicants who are at least 16 years and 270 days of age. Along with providing the proper documentation, you must also pass a written driver's exam, a driving skills test and a vision exam to certify that you are a safe driver.

IN Written/Driving Test

Before being eligible to receive a full Indiana drivers license, driving applicants must obtain a passing score on the written knowledge test and successfully complete a driving skills test. In order to be well-prepared for the test, potential drivers license holders may take a practice permit test. A DMV license practice test contains similar questions to the ones you will encounter on the actual exam.

IN Driving Test

The purpose of the Indiana license to drive test is to assess a driving applicant's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driving test will assess your ability to perform select maneuvers that include the following:

  • Your ability to control your speed.
  • Your ability to follow traffic signs.
  • Your ability to signal properly and turn.
  • Your ability to observe and adjust to general traffic flow.
  • Your ability to parallel park.

Only the BMV examiner is allowed in the vehicle during your driving skills test. The vehicle you provide for the driver's test must be in safe condition and have a current registration. Drivers who receive a passing grade will get a new drivers license after paying any necessary fees.

Drivers have the option of completing a behind-the-wheel course for additional practice.

New Indiana Resident

You must transfer your out-of-state drivers license, if you recently moved to Indiana. This can be done at a local DMV branch within 60 days of moving. IN driving license transfer applicants will be required to bring with them proof of identity, proof of legal status in the U.S., proof of Indiana residency and a Social Security Number or an alternative document (for foreign nationals). In most cases, you will not have to take the written driver's test or the driving skills exam.

In addition to getting drivers licenses in IN, you must register any vehicle with an out-of-state title within 60 days of moving. Documentation requirements to request a new Indiana vehicle title and registration include:

  • A certificate of title.
  • VIN inspection documents from a DMV license branch.
  • Proof of your Indiana residency.
  • Proof of your Social Security Number.

Replace Driver's License in Indiana

Drivers who need an IN replacement drivers license can easily get a duplicate online or at a nearby BMV branch. For more information about how you can get a drivers license replacement, as well as the fees associated with this process, click here.

Locate a BMV in Indiana

Find the BMV location nearest you by visiting our IN BMV locations page. You can easily review a number of different office branches in your area, while obtaining daytime phone numbers and physical addresses.

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