Getting Your Indiana Learners Permit & Drivers License
You’re amped to finally get behind the wheel and drive – and you should be! The first step is for you to get the learners permit that all Indiana teens are required to get before receiving that coveted license. But you’ve got a few more steps to go before you get to that point, like taking an Indiana drivers ed course. The best part about enrolling in this course is that you’ll learn everything you need to know to get in gear and start driving safely.
First Things First: The Indiana Learners Permit
There are a few requirements to be met before you can earn your learners permit. Keep in mind, one of the Indiana learners permit requirements is that you must be at least 15 years old in order to complete driver education. There are also requirements for behind-the-wheel training you must abide by to get your Indiana drivers permit, like logging 50 hours of driving time, 10 of which must be at night –with a certified driving instructor or a licensed driver 25 years or older.
Nonetheless, this is an exciting time for every teen. After all, getting your Indiana learners permit is supposed to be fun. But it can also be a bit overwhelming, which is why I Drive Safely put together this blow-by-blow guide to getting your Indiana drivers license. Starting with pointers on drivers ed, the guide takes you through the particulars of the entire process – right up to getting your full drivers license.
Steps to Getting Your Driver’s License
- STEP 1: Complete our Indiana-Approved Drivers Ed Course
- STEP 2: Enroll in a behind-the-wheel training program
- STEP 3: Get your permit right away!
- STEP 4: Apply for your Indiana drivers license
Complete Our Indiana State-Approved Drivers Ed Course
You must be at least 15 years old to enroll in our Indiana teen drivers ed course. Once you’ve gone through all the chapters, you just need to pass the final, and you’re done!
Enroll in a Behind-the-Wheel Training Program
In addition to our online teen drivers ed course, you will need to enroll in a separate behind-the-wheel training program. Once enrolled, you can go to the BMV to apply for your learners permit!
Get Your Permit Right Away!
When you go to the BMV, make sure you bring the following with you:
- Proof of enrollment in a behind-the-wheel training program
- Proof of identity. You will need to bring one (1) document to prove each of the following: name, date of birth, Social Security number. and your lawful status in the U.S.
- You will also need to bring two (2) documents to prove your Indiana residency.
- Completed “agreement of financial liability” form
- You will also be required to pass a standard vision test.
Once you have received your learners permit, you can drive while accompanied by a certified driving instructor or your parent/legal guardian, as long as they have a valid Indiana drivers license.
Apply for Your Indiana Drivers License
Be sure you are prepared when you go in to apply for your drivers license. You’ll need to bring the following forms to the BMV:
This form must be notarized and accompanied by a copy of the drivers license or identification card of the individual who is accepting financial responsibility for the minor.
- Proof of enrollment in an approved Indiana drivers education program
- Documentation proving your identity
- Documentation proving your date of birth
- Documentation containing your Social Security number
- Lawful status documents
- Two (2) computer-generated documents proving your Indiana residency status
Here is the Indiana BMV’s list of acceptable documents.
Once you’ve got all the proper documentation together, you’re ready to visit the BMV. At the BMV, you’ll need to:
- Meet the age requirement. You must be at least 16 years and 90 days old to apply for your Indiana drivers license.
- Hold a learners permit for at least 180 days.
- Present documents of identification and provide a signed log of supervised driving. You may obtain the log at any Indiana-approved behind-the-wheel school. The state of Indiana requires 50 hours of supervised driving, of which 10 hours must be completed at night.
- Have completed both drivers ed and behind-the-wheel training.
Once you have completed these steps, you will take the following exams:
- Written examination
- Driving skills test
- Vision screening test
When you successfully pass these tests, you’ll receive your Indiana drivers license. Congratulations!
Should you need further information, please visit the lndiana BMV Website .