How To Renew Your Indiana Drivers License

Do you need to renew your Indiana drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance 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 the free forms and general instructions available from the BMV offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your BMV forms and/or provide links to BMV online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. 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, if eligible (read below for instructions)

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 local BMV office

If you prefer to access BMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical BMV office location. 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 local BMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.


Indiana residents have several options to renew their license. Read more below about the renewal process.

Renewing Your Indiana License 

For your convenience, the BMV allows you to renew your license as long as it has not expired. In order to renew your license online you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • There is no change in your name, address or other information
  • You require no testing or medical certifications
  • You are within 12 months of your renewal date
  • You are under 70 years old
  • Your record does not have restrictions
  • Your previous photo is on file
  • You license is not suspended or invalidated
  • You do not have six or more active points on your driver record
  • You are not switching from a non-SecureID to a SecureID

If you do not meet the above criteria, you will need to visit a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) location near you and renew your license in person. To find the nearest location click here. 

Expiration Procedures

In the state of Indiana, your driver license expires at midnight on your birthday. Your license will need to be renewed prior to that date. If you fail to renew in time, a late fee of $5 will be charged. You will need to do the following if your license has expired:

Expired less than six months:

  • Pay a $5 late fee
  • Pass a standard vision screening test; the vision test will not be required for online renewal if your passed a vision screening during your previous renewal.

Expired six months or more:

  • Pay a $5 late fee 
  • Pass a knowledge examination
  • Pass a standard vision screening test

Expired more than three years:

  • Pay a $5 late fee
  • Pass a knowledge examination
  • Pass a driving skills test 
  • Pass a standard vision screening test

Length of Renewal

The length of time that your license will be valid is based on your age.

  • Under 75 years old: Six years
  • 75 to 84 years old: Three years
  • 85 years or older: Two years

If you are under 18 years of age when you obtain your driver license, your driver license is considered probationary and must be renewed:

  • On or before your 21st birthday if the license was issued on or before June 30, 2009; or
  • On or before the 30th day after your 21st birthday if the license was issued on or after July 1, 2009.

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