Obtaining New Driver License in Indiana

The process to get an Indiana driving license must be conducted in the following order:

  • Gather the proper documentation to turn in at your local DMV
  • Take a series of exams that test your vision, knowledge of road rules and driving abilities
  • Pay select fees for issuance of your new drivers license

Required Documents to Get a New License

In the state of Indiana, driving license applicants must visit a local BMV office with the proper documentation in-hand. An official agent will ask you to show two proofs of your state residency, one proof of your Social Security Number and one proof of identity before you can proceed.

Examples of your state residency may include the following:

  • A utility bill, such as electric, water, Internet or cable
  • A statement from your bank or financial institution
  • A recent magazine or newspaper subscription
  • A medical card with your address on it
  • A pay stub with your address on it
  • A valid state handgun permit
  • A mortgage agreement or lease contract

Examples of your Social Security Number may include the following:

  • Your Social Security Card
  • A W-2 form

Examples of your identity may include the following:

  • Your United States passport
  • Your United States certificate
  • Your Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Your foreign passport with proper immigration documents
  • Your permanent resident card
  • Your Certificate of Naturalization
  • Your Certificate of Citizenship

Required Tests for Your Driving License

As part of the necessary steps to get a license to drive, the state of Indiana requires residents to complete three basic examinations: a vision exam, a written drivers test and a road skills test. For the vision exam, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, a restriction will be listed on your driving license.

If English is not your first language, the written knowledge exam can be taken in 11 different languages that include these listed here:

  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Vietnamese
  • Portuguese
  • Burmese
  • Chin
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Chin

You will be tested on your basic knowledge of state traffic laws, as well as safe driving practices.

To take a driving test, you must schedule an appointment ahead of time at a local BMV office. If you fail the exam, you will have to allow a period of at least 14 days to pass before you can retake it.

Driving License Fees

Your Indiana drivers license fee will depend on a couple of factors, such as your age. For those applicants who are less than 75 years old, the fee is $17.50. If you are between the ages of 75 to 85, the fee is $11. And senior drivers who are more than 85 years of age, the cost is just $7. Since these amounts can change without notice, it is important to verify the exact price with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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