Getting an Indiana Driver’s License

New IN Teen Driver’s Licenses

The Indiana BMV sets the requirements and issues driver’s licenses to teens and adult who wish to drive. For those who are ready to take to the road, here you will learn about everything you need to do in order to get your license.

The IN GDL Program

Indiana, like many other states, has a graduated driver licensing program (GDL) that they put teen drivers through. The program is made to teach new drivers through a step by step course for achieving more driving responsibilities after reaching certain points in both age and driving experience. Learning each component of safe driving one step at a time is vital for a teen looking to become a responsible driver and limits the risk of traffic accidents and violations in the future.

The program first requires that you get yourself a learner’s permit before moving on to a provisional license, and then finally getting your non-restricted driver’s license.

Indiana Road Test Waiver

For those who go through with driver’s education and get a learner’s permit, it’s possible to perform a road test after your Driver’s Ed course rather than with the driver leasing office to apply for probationary licenses.

For those who are wondering if they qualify for the waiver, you must:

  • Have a valid/unexpired learner’s permit.
  • Be a part of a Driver’s Ed program that is part of the BMV’s waiver benefits.
  • Not have failed the classroom or in-car training portions of the Driver’s Ed course due to a score lower than 80%.

You are only allowed to take one test with a Driver’s Ed provider. If you fail that attempt, the following attempts must be done at the leasing office.

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IN Driver’s License Rules

When you are 15, you are able to apply for a learner’s permit if you are going to take driver’s education.

When you are 16, you are eligible to apply for a learner’s permit if you are NOT enrolling in a driver’s education course.

When you are 16 and a half years old, you are able to apply for a probationary license after you’ve completed driver’s education.

When you are 16 and 3/4 years old, you are able to apply for a probationary license, and you do not have to go through a Driver’s Ed program.

When you are 18 years old, you are finally ready to apply for a full, unrestricted license.

IN Provisional License

Prior to putting in an application for your IN provisional license, you have to:

  • Keep your IN learner’s permit in good standing for a minimum of 180 days. (Exception: You’re switching over a valid non-Indiana license)
  • Finish fifty hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving, and 10 of those hours must be at night.

Those applying must also reach the age requirements, which again depends on if you took a Driver’s Ed program.

For those who did complete driver’s education, you can apply at the age of 16 years and 180 days.

For those who did NOT finish driver’s education, you can apply at the age of 16 years and 270 days.

After meeting the requirements above, schedule an appointment to take a road test with the online appointment system.

NOTE: For those who have taken a driver’s education course which is a part of the waiver program and have completed their road test, there is no need for an appointment and you don’t need to take a test at a licensing office, EXCEPT when you have not passed your first try and need a retake.

Once you’re all set, drive over to your closest licensing office and prepare to:

  • Hand over your learner’s permit.
  • Turn in your sheet of driving hours (Form 54706), which must be signed by a parent, guardian or driving instructor.
  • If applicable, show proof of completing your driver’s education course.
  • Show your:
    • Identity using either a birth certificate, U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
    • SSN using a Social Security card, SSA-1099 Form or W-2 form.
    • Citizenship or legal U.S. presence.
      • Birth certificate
      • U.S. passport
      • Foreign passport with VISA and I-94 form.
    • Proof of being an Indiana resident.
      • Electricity bill
      • Bank documents
      • Check stub.
        • Please refer to this list of acceptable BMV documents.

You must also:

  • Have your parent or guardian’s signature on the licensing forms.
  • Pass an eye test.
  • Pass a written DMV exam for those who have not done so already.
  • Pass a driving skills exam.

For those who have already taken a road test with their Driver’s Ed program, you need not take another, EXCEPT in a case where you failed your first attempt. However, you must bring proof of passing this exam already.

After passing your DMV driving test, you will get your Indiana provisional license, which is a probationary license prior to you becoming 18 years old.

IN Provisional License Restrictions

When you hold a provisional license, you have the following rules set against you:

During the initial 180 days:

  • You cannot drive between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am.
  • You cannot drive with any passengers, except with:
    • Someone who is licensed and 25 years or older or a spouse above the age of 21 in your front seat.
    • A spouse, child or sibling.

Once those 180 days have passed:

  • You can drive with passengers who are not your immediate family.
  • You cannot drive during these hours:
    • After 11 pm Sun-Thurs.
    • Before 5 am Mon-Fri.
    • Between the hours of 1 am and 5 am on Saturdays and Sundays

The only exceptions to these rules apply when you are commuting back and forth from work, school or church. You may also be with someone who is licensed and over 25 years old, and a spouse over 21. The passenger rules are always enforced with no exceptions.

Teen IN Motorcycle Licenses

Indiana Teen Motorcycle License

To receive your Indiana motorcycle license, you need to simply have any kind of valid Indiana driver’s license. Also required are:

  • A motorcycle learner’s permit.
  • OR
  • The passing of a motorcycle safety program.

Indiana Motorcycle Permit

For those who wish to receive a motorcycle permit, visit your local BMV and show proof of:

  • Identity using either a birth certificate, U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • Social Security Number using a Social Security card, SSA-1099 Form or W-2 form.
  • Citizenship or lawful U.S. presence with a birth certificate, U.S. passport or foreign passport with VISA and I-94 form.
  • Indiana Residency with a utility bill, bank statement or pay stub.

You must also:

  • Have your parent or guardian’s signature on the papers.
  • Pass an eye exam
  • Pass a written test.

Your Indiana motorcycle permit will stay valid for one year. You may renew it one time. With this permit, you are allowed to ride only:

  • During the day.
  • With a helmet.
  • By yourself.

Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program

The recently invented Motorcyclist Safety Program (IMCSP) teaches a class for beginning riders and a more advanced class for those who already have some experience and are trying to hone their skills.

For further details, check out this page.

Motorcycle Skills Test

The BMV administers a road skills test with the Indiana Motorcyclist Safety Program (IMCSP). Check out to see exam locations and learn more about the procedures involved with performing a motorcycle skills test.

For more details, refer to this page.

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