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myBMV > Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses > Renewing a Driver's License or Identification Card Renewing a Driver's License or Identification Card

A driver’s license or identification card may be renewed by U.S. citizens up to one year prior to expiration. Individuals with temporary or permanent lawful status can only renew up to 30 days prior to the expiration of their current credential.

Driver's License

If you are under the age of 75, you can renew your driver's license online if you meet the requirements listed below. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, legal address, and Social Security number in order to renew or replace your driver's license or identification card online.

You can renew your license online only if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a regular driver's license, chauffeur’s license, or operator’s or chauffeur’s license with a motorcycle endorsement. Commercial driver's licenses or public passenger chauffer’s licenses cannot be renewed online.
  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • There is no change in your name, address, or other information.
  • Your previous renewal transaction was completed in a license branch.
  • Your license is not expired for more than 180 days.
  • You require no testing or medical certifications.
  • You are within 12 months of your renewal date.
  • You are under 75 years old.
  • Your record does not have restrictions J or 2-9
    • J - Other
    • 2- Habitual Traffic Violator Conditional License
    • 3- Photo Exempt  
    • 5- Conditional
    • 6- Interlock Ignition Device
    • 7- Seat Belt Exempt
    • 8- Medical Condition
    • 9- Temporary
  • Your previous photo is on file
  • You are not suspended or invalidated
  • You do not have six or more active points on your driver record
  • No points on your current license, if you are under 21 years old
  • You are not switching from a non-SecureID to a SecureID

If you must visit a branch, here is a list of BMV locations

Requirements To Renew Your Driver's License

Your driver's license expires at midnight on your birthday. If your birthday falls on a day on which license branches are closed, the driver's license will expire at midnight on the next business day. A probationary operator’s license expires at midnight on the date 30 days after the 21st birthday of the holder. A late fee of $5 will be charged if the license is renewed after that date.

  • If you are renewing a license that has been expired for less than 180 days you must pay a $5 late fee and pass a standard vision screening test. The vision test is not required for online renewal if a vision screening was performed during your previous renewal.
  • If you are renewing a license that has been expired for 180 days to three years you must pay a $5 late fee, and pass a knowledge examination and a standard vision screening test.
  • If you are renewing a license that has been expired for more than three years you must pay a $5 late fee, and pass a knowledge examination, a driving skills test, and a standard vision screening test.

Current licensed drivers who are 75 years and older must visit a license branch to renew his or her driver's license. 

Foreign nationals with permanent or temporary lawful status must visit a license branch and provide documentation of identity, lawful status, proof of Social Security Number (or proof of ineligibility), and Indiana residency for each renewal transaction.

If you are younger than 21 years of age and have any points on your driving record, or if you are older than 21 years of age and have six or more points on your driving record, you must take the knowledge examination to renew your driver's license.

How long is my driver's license valid?

If you are under 75 years of age, the BMV uses a staggered schedule for driver's license renewal.  Your Indiana driver's license is valid for either four, five, or six years. If you are 75 to 84 years old, your license is valid for three years. If you are 85 years or older, your license is valid for two years.

If you are less than 18 years old when you get your license, your license is considered probationary and must be renewed:

  • On or before your 21st birthday if the license was issued on or before June 30, 2009; or
  • On or before the 30th day after your 21st birthday if the license was issued on or after July 1, 2009.

You may amend your license after you turn 18 years old to remove the probationary driver's license designation.

Identification Card

You can renew your ID card online only if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • There is no change in your name, address, or other information
  • Your ID card is not expired for more than 180 days
  • You are within 12 months of your renewal date
  • Your previous photo is on file
  • You are not switching from a non-SecureID to a SecureID
  • Your record does not have restrictions 3 or 9

  • Renew your identification card online

Renewing a License If You Are Away From Indiana

If your Indiana driver's license is expired, lost or stolen while you are out of the state, you may renew or replace your license online if you meet the requirements listed above, or you may request a 30-day extension from the date of your driver's license's expiration.

If you are temporarily living outside Indiana because you are serving in the military, your license remains valid for 90 days following your discharge from service. If your license expires while outside of Indiana and you are not eligible for online renewal you may print a Military Extension Letter. While operating a motor vehicle, you should hold in your possession your most current license along with this letter and proof of your service in the Armed Forces. To obtain a renewed license after you have been discharged, you need to visit a license branch and show proof of discharge.

To obtain a 30-day extension of your driver's license or a 30-day interim credential you will need to complete a Request for Interim/Extension License or Military Extension Letter- State Form 54580 and mail to the address listed on the form.

Still Have Questions? Contact The BMV