Obtaining A New Indiana Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Indiana? The Bureau Motor Vehicles(BMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many BMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the BMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local BMV.

3: Via a BMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local BMV office. Varying BMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the BMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your BMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

To apply for a new drivers license, you must visit a BMV location near you and present documents of identification and provide a signed Log of Supervised Driving. You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 15 years or older
  • If under 18, applicant should provide parental consent and complete the graduated driver licensing process
  • Must pass the vision, written and driving tests
  • Provide proof of identification 
  • Provide proof of Indiana residency  

Please visit drivers-licenses.org for information regarding these required documents and receiving your license. 

Required Documents

All applicants for new driver licenses or permits must meet Indiana SecureID requirements by providing documents verifying their identity,

Be sure that you have acceptable documents before you visit a license branch. When you apply for a new driver license, permit, or identification card, you must present original versions or certified copies of the following documents:

  • One document proving your identity
  • One document proving your Social Security number
  • One document proving your lawful status in the United States
  • Two documents proving your Indiana residency

For a complete checklist of the required documentation click here.

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 original birth certificate in your possession, you need to contact your state or county Department of Health office of the state you were born and request an original or certified copy.

Proof of Social Security 

The most common documents that you can use to prove your Social Security number are:

  • 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

The most common documents that you can use to prove your lawful status in the United States are a United States:

Note: Puerto Rican-born citizens must provide a birth certificate issued on or after July 1, 2010.

Proof of Indiana Residency

The most common document that you can use to prove your residency is 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 it as proof of residency.

Probationary Driver License 

If you are 16 or 17 when you obtain your Indiana drivers license, your license is considered probationary until you turn 18

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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