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
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.
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.
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).