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Endorsements and restrictions change the circumstances in which an individual may operate a motor vehicle.

Motorcycle Endorsement

Endorsement L Motorcycle Endorsement
The driver has satisfactorily completed motorcycle skills and knowledge testing, or a BMV-approved motorcycle safety course, as required by the State of Indiana. This endorsement allows the driver to legally operate a motorcycle on Indiana roads.

Driver's License Restrictions

Restrictions are applied to a learner's permit or driver's license based on the results of the vision screening test at an Indiana license branch or other issues that may affect driving ability.  Some restriction letters were updated in 2012.  For instance "Restriction A - Glasses or contact lenses" was revised to "Restriction B - Glasses or contact lenses."  While the letter is different on some licenses, the description remains the same and you do not need to request a new license. 

Restriction Code Conversion Chart

Restriction A Motor Driven Cycle - Class A

The driver may operate a class A motor driven cycle. Driver must also have a motorcycle endorsement.

Restriction B Glasses or contact lenses
The driver must wear glasses or contact lenses when driving.

Restriction C – Mechanical Aid (Adaptive Devices)
The driver may drive only in vehicle equipped with the adaptive device.

Restriction D – Prosthetic Aid
The driver may drive with a prosthetic aid.

Restriction F Outside rearview mirror
The driver must use an outside rearview mirror when driving.

Restriction G Daylight driving only
The driver may only drive during daylight hours.

Restriction J Other
The driver must follow specific restrictions based on driving ability. A driver may be required to meet one or more of the following restrictions:

  • Accompanying Driver
  • Annual Drive Test
  • Annual Medical Review
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Biennial Vision Screening
  • Bioptic Lenses/Annual Skills Test or Annual Vision Screening 
  • Fender Mount Spot Mirrors
  • For Training Purposes Only
  • Less Than 5, 10 or 20 Miles From Home
  • Must Stay Compliant With Medication
  • No Interstate or Highway Driving
  • Power Steering
  • Training Purposes/Night Evaluation

A driver with a motorcycle endorsement may have one of the following restrictions applied to his or her license. To remove a restriction, the holder of the motorcycle endorsement must pass a skills test on the designated motorcycle or motor driven cycle.

  • Three-wheel motorcycle only
  • Side car only
  • MDC - Class A

Learner's permit holders must follow all current state laws regarding age when practice driving can begin and observe front seat passenger and time of day driving restrictions.

Restriction 2 Habitual traffic violator (HTV) conditional 

The BMV will place a Restriction 2 on a driver’s license when a court-ordered HTV suspension expires or is terminated prior to January 1, 2015. This includes individuals that had a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (“OWI”) prior to their HTV determination. The Restriction 2 on the driver’s license will remain in effect for three (3) years following the expiration of the HTV suspension.

If a driver that had an HTV suspension on their driver record is granted conditional/probationary driving privileges by a court during an HTV suspension, they will also have a Restriction 2 placed on their driver’s license, so long as the conditional/probationary driving privileges are effective prior to January 1, 2015. If conditional/probationary driving privileges are effective prior to January 1, 2015, then the Restriction 2 will remain on the driver’s license for three (3) years following the duration of the court-ordered conditional/probationary driving privileges.

A Restriction 2 indicates that the driver is subject to alcohol (chemical) testing if it is requested by a law enforcement officer, while operating a motor vehicle. In addition, the driver must not operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .02 or more. At the time of the application for a credential, the driver will be required to sign an affidavit acknowledging his/her obligation to submit to blood alcohol testing.

The BMV will no longer place a Restriction 2 on driver’s licenses when an HTV suspension expires, or when conditional/probationary driving privileges are granted by a court, and have an effecetive date after January 1, 2015.

Restriction 3 Photo Exempt
This restriction is placed on a driver’s license or permit when a customer requests a photo-exempt driver’s license or permit due to religious or medical reasons.  To remove the exemption, the driver must visit a BMV license branch and have his or her photo taken for a new driver’s license or permit.

Restriction 5 Conditional
Driver has restricted driving privileges (e.g., privileges are restricted to the parameters of the court order granting a hardship or probationary license or specialized driving privileges). An effective SR22 is required to be on file with the BMV for the duration of the specialized driving privileges. A copy of the order granting specialized driving privileges must be carried or have the order in the vehicle being operated by the person. The driver must produce a copy of the order granting specialized driving privileges upon request of a police officer. The driver must carry a validly issued credential.

After the restriction expires, the driver may apply for an amended or renewed credential to have the restriction removed.

Restriction 6 Interlock ignition device
A court can require an interlock ignition device for a driver convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or in lieu of a suspension  when there is probable cause to believe a driver was operating a vehicle while intoxicated prior to conviction. The restriction remains in place for the period determined by the court or Indiana law. After expiration, the restriction will automatically be removed from the driver's record when the driver applies for an amended or renewed driver's license.

Restriction 7 Seat belt exempt
A driver must bring to a BMV branch a physician's statement indicating that he or she should be exempt from wearing a seat belt. The statement must be on the doctor's office letterhead or prescription form. A copy must be attached to the application. The original will be returned to the driver and must be carried with the driver at all times. A new and doctor's statement is required each time the license is renewed.

To remove the restriction, the driver must visit a license branch and state that he or she is no longer exempt from wearing a seat belt. An amended driver's license will be issued without the restriction. If the driver is renewing their driver's license and does not provide a doctor's statement indicating that he or she is seat belt exempt, the restriction will be removed.

Restriction 8 Medical condition
These medical restrictions apply to a base license and are in addition to any other driver's license restrictions. To be removed, the driver must provide a doctor's statement indicating the medical condition no longer exists.
Medical condition restrictions include:

  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy, seizures, or other medically diagnosed neurological condition
  • Loss of limb or limb impairment
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Respiratory dysfunctions
  • Hypertension
  • Rheumatic, arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular diseases

Restriction 9 Temporary lawful resident
This restriction indicates that the holder of a license or identification card has temporary lawful status in the United States. Before obtaining a driver's license, the individual must present a BMV branch associate with U.S. federal government documentation proving his or her identity or lawful status. For this restriction to be removed, the driver must provide the BMV branch staff with valid evidence of US citizenship or Permanent Residence in the United States. 

Commercial Driver's License Endorsements