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NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Indiana driver's license:
- Applicants must be 15 years or older.
- 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.
- 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.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
- 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.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Indiana.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.