Indiana Driver License

Indiana Driver License

If you need to know how to get your first Indiana driver’s license, look no further than here! Following are the steps you need to take to get licensed in Indiana:

Complete a Driver’s Education course approved by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

If you are at least 15 years old, you can enroll in our program, TeenDriverEducation.com. All you need to do is complete all the chapters and pass the final examination.

Enroll in a behind-the-wheel driver training program.

In addition to our online teen drivers ed course, you will need to enroll in a driver training program in order to get a learner’s permit if you are under 16.

Apply for your learner’s permit.

Once you have enrolled in a driver training program, you can go to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Be sure to bring the following with you to the BMV office (you will also need to pass a standard vision test):

  • Proof of enrollment in a driver training program.
  • Identity documents:
    • Completed financial responsibility agreement signed by your parent or guardian.
    • Proof of identity (ONE document)
    • Proof of Social Security number (ONE document)
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S. (ONE document)
    • Proof of Indiana residency (TWO documents)

Hold the permit and practice driving with supervision for 180 days.

You must complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 hours at night. The supervising driver must be a certified driving instructor or your parent or legal guardian if he or she is at least 21 years of age and has a valid Indiana driver’s license. You can download a log of supervised driving from the Indiana BMV website

Apply for your Indiana driver’s license.

If you have taken a BMV approved driver’s education course, you are eligible to apply for a driver’s license when you are 16 years and 90 days old (effective July 1, 2015). However, if you have not taken a BMV approved driver’s education course, you must wait until you are 16 years and 270 days old to apply for a license. In either case, you must also meet the following criteria:

  • You have completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving and have a log of supervised driving signed by your parent or legal guardian.
  • You have your identity documents.
  • Pass a vision test.

Pass the road test.

The road test is the part of the licensing process that worries most new drivers the most – but no worries! If you’ve gotten in your 50 hours of quality driving time and get comfortable with making vehicle adjustments, starting, backing, parking, turns and other commonly executed and tested maneuvers, you will do great! To review common elements tested in the course, visit the BMV’s Driving Skills Test page.

To take your road driving skills test, you will need to complete the following:

  • You MUST schedule your appointment at a BMV license branch and arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  • You must be carrying your valid Indiana learner’s permit.
  • You must be accompanied by a licensed Indiana driver.
  • You must provide your own test vehicle, which must be legally equipped, safe and clean with proper registration and proof of insurance.
  • If using a rental vehicle for testing, the applicant must be named on the Rental Agreement as an authorized driver.

Indiana Provisional Driver License Restrictions

Phones/Texting:

Drivers under the age of 21 are prohibited for using any telecommunication devices for any purpose while operating a vehicle, except for making emergency 911 calls.

Passengers:

Drivers under 21 are unable to transport any passengers unless accompanied by an instructor, licensed driver over 25, or licensed spouse over 21. Exemptions include the driver’s sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child or spouse.

Nighttime Driving:

For the first 180 days, drivers under 21 are prohibited from driving from 10pm to 5am. After the first 180 days, drivers under 18 are restricted from driving Sunday – Thursday 11pm to 5am, Saturday – Sunday 1am to 5am. Exemptions are available for lawful employment, school-sanctioned activities, religious events or for drivers accompanied by a licensed driver 25 or older (or a spouse 21 or older).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should take an Indiana drivers education course?

    Anyone who is interested in learning how to drive in the state of Indiana is welcome to take our course. The Indiana BMV requires that you are at least 15 years old before you may begin an Indiana drivers education program. If you meet the age requirement we encourage completion of our program, which will teach you the rules of the road and what it means to be a responsible driver.

  • Is this course approved by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles?

    Yes, our program is approved by the Indiana BMV. Once you have completed our program and six hours of behind-the-wheel training lessons with a licensed driving school, you will be done with your Indiana driver education requirements!

  • What is it like to take drivers ed online? How does it work?

    Taking Indiana drivers ed online is different from a classroom course, but it’s an easy adjustment. Instead of listening to an instructor lecture, you will work through the lessons at your own pace. You’ll read text, view images and watch videos as you go, being tested along the way to ensure comprehension. You will have unlimited opportunities to pass each exam, so we can guarantee that you will pass!

  • What makes online drivers ed better than a classroom course?

    Taking drivers ed online has many benefits over classroom courses! Rather than driving to a location or spending even more hours at school, our Indiana online drivers ed course can be completed entirely from home or anywhere else with an internet connection. You can log on and off as you please, allowing you to finish the 30-hour course as quickly or leisurely as you’d like. Full of fun images, animations and videos, our online learning experience has proven to be more enjoyable and versatile for all learning styles.

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