Indiana Learner's Permit Checklist
Once you have completed your Drivers Ed course you will be ready to apply for your Indiana learners permit.
1: Download and study your practice test
2: Prove that you completed a Log of Supervised Driving
3: In-person at a local BMV office
Learner permits allow Indiana residents to get practical experience and practice driving before obtaining a driver license. Click here for more information on passing your test.
To obtain a learner permit you must:
- Be at least 15 years old, and
- Enrolled in an approved driver education program (you must show proof of your enrollment) and
- Present documents of identification, and
- Pass a vision screening test
Be sure that you have acceptable documents before you visit a license branch. When you apply for a permit, you must present original versions or certified copies of the following documents:
- One document proving your identity; and
- One document proving your social security number; and
- One document proving your lawful status in the United States; and
- Two documents proving your Indiana residency.
Proof of Identity
The most common documents that you can use to prove your identity are:
- United States birth certificate (must be an original or certified copy)
- United States passport, or a foreign passport with a VISA and I-94 form. Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.
- If your current legal name is different from the name on your birth certificate or lawful status document, you must show legal proof of the name change (showing a link to all name changes).
*Note: If you do not have your birth certificate in your possession, you need to contact your state or county Department of Health office of the state of your birth and request an original or certified copy. Some states may take up to five months to process duplicate birth certificates.
Proof your Social Security number when applying for a new driver license, permit, or identification card.
The most common documents that you can use to prove your Social Security number:
- Social Security card
- W-2 form
- SSA-1099 form,
- Non-SSA-1099 form
- Pay stub with both your name and Social Security number on it
Proof of lawful status in the United States
The most common documents that you can use to prove your lawful status in the United States are a United States:
- Birth certificate (must be an original or certified copy),
- United States passport,
- A foreign passport with a VISA and I-94 form.
Note: Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.
Proof of your Indiana Residency (you will need two)
The most common document that you can use to prove your residency are a computer-generated bill that reflects your name and address from a utility company, credit card, doctor, or hospital. The bill must be issued within 60 days of the day that you will be using I as proof of residency.
Agreement of financial liability
If you are under the age of 18 when applying for a learner permit, you must have a parent or guardian sign an agreement of financial liability.
Find out more about drivers education in Indiana here.