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Welcome to Indiana! When you become a resident of Indiana, you have 60 days to obtain a new Indiana driver's license if you hold a valid driver's license from another state. You must also transfer the titles and registrations of any vehicles you own from your previous state to Indiana.

Obtaining a Driver's License

When you apply for an Indiana driver's license, you must surrender any valid driver's licenses that you hold from other states.

If you do not hold a valid driver's license from another state, you must hold an Indiana learner's permit for 180 days before you may obtain an Indiana driver's license. You may not drive in Indiana with an out-of-state learner's permit.

If you are at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driver's license from another state

If you are at least 18 years of age and have held a valid out-of-state operator's, chauffeur's, commercial driver's license, or public passenger chauffeur's license from the state of your prior residence you must visit a license branch to present your current out-of-state driver's license, a copy of your official driving record, or a verification letter. You must also present documents of identification and pass a knowledge examination and a vision screening test. If your out-of-state license has been expired for more than three years you must pass a driving skills test.

If you are younger than 18 years of age and hold a valid driver's license from another state

If you are between 16 years and 180 days of age, but less than eighteen years of age, and currently hold a valid out-of-state driver's license (excluding learner's permits or the equivalent) for at least 180 days in the state, or combination of states, in which you formerly resided, you must visit a license branch to present your current out-of-state driver's license or a copy of your official driving record. You must also present documents of identification and pass a knowledge examination and a vision screening test.

If you have not held a valid out-of-state driver's license for at least 180 days you must apply for an Indiana learner's permit.

Documents of identification

When applying for a driver's license, you must present documents of identification proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and Indiana residency.

Driving skills test

You must arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to take a driving skills test.

Knowledge examination

You do not need to schedule an appointment for a knowledge examination unless you need to have the test read to you. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a knowledge examination.

The BMV Operator Knowledge Test is now available in eleven different foreign languages and is accessible in all branches that have Automated Testing Terminals with touch screens.

The vision screening test measures your visual ability. If your visual ability does not meet state standards you will be referred to an eye doctor for an eye examination.

Titling and Registering A Vehicle

You must title your vehicles in Indiana within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident and will need to visit a BMV branch to complete this transaction.

You must register your vehicles in Indiana within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident and will need to visit a BMV branch to complete this transaction.  The link below provides more details, including how to estimate the cost of your registration and license plates.

Residents With An Out-Of-Country License

The United States signed an agreement with many other countries to honor a foreign driver license for visitors to the United States for at least one year from the date of arrival. This privilege is made possible as a result of the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic (Geneva, 1949), and the Convention on the Regulation of American Automotive Traffic (Washington, 1943), both of which have been ratified by the United States.

An out-of-country driver's license cannot be used for identification purposes. You do not have to surrender an out-of-country license if you are issued an Indiana driver's license, permit, or identification card.

If you have an out-of-country driver's license and intend to become a resident of Indiana or meet Indiana residency requirements, you must pass the vision screening test, written knowledge test, and driving skills test to obtain an Indiana driver's license.

All documents proving your identity, Social Security number, lawful status, and Indiana residency will be verified through a central verification process. The BMV will issue an interim license, valid for 30 days, authorizing the holder to drive pending authentication of documents submitted to BMV.

When your documents are verified, the BMV will mail the license, permit, or identification card to you. If the documents cannot be verified, you will receive a letter explaining the determination and your rights to request an administrative hearing to review the determination. No refunds will be issued in the case of documents that cannot be verified.

To ensure your lawful status verification process goes smoothly, please review this video from the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS).

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