BMV branch offices are open Tuesday through Saturday. When planning for a trip to the BMV, consider the best times to avoid long waits.
- Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons.
- Mid-week Wednesdays and Thursdays are generally less crowded than Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.
- Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
- The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
- BMV staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew. Try to avoid the lunch hour.
- Be sure to arrive with plenty of time before closing to complete your transaction. This is especially important if you need to be complete a written test or road test.
If you need some other service from the BMV you must visit a branch office. Full service BMV branch offices are open Tuesday through Saturday, and you can click here http://www.in.gov/bmv/2337.htm to find a location near you. Hoosier Auto Club members can also receive certain services at a local club office. https://secure.in.gov/bmv/2657.htm
To apply for an Indiana driver license or permit, you will need to bring the required documentation with you to an RMV office. Documents must be presented that verify the applicant’s identity, lawful status, Social Security number and residency in the state of Indiana. The applicant is required to present original documents or certified copies.
- Proving Identity and Lawful Status – You may use a valid U.S. birth certificate, or U.S. passport.
- Proving Social Security Number – Bring your Social Security card, or a document issued by the Social Security Administration.
- Proving Indiana Residence (two required) – You may use any computer generated bill, utility bill, credit card or bank statement, voter ID card, insurance policy, mortgage or rental agreement.
- Obtaining a new license in Indiana usually requires drivers to pass a driving skills test. Indiana residents who need to schedule a road test for a driver’s license you can do so through the automated system. https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fDriveTest%2fDriveTestDisclaimer.aspx New residents to Indiana can schedule their driving test online https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/DriveTest/DriveTestSignInUID.aspx as well.
- For driver license renewals http://www.in.gov/bmv/3017.htm you can renew online https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fMyDriver%2fLicenseRenew.aspx as long as you are under the age of 75 and do not have to make changes to your license. Otherwise you can always go to a BMV branch office http://www.in.gov/bmv/2337.htm for license renewal.
- For vehicle registration renewal, you can go online https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fMyRegistration%2fRenew.aspx to complete the renewal process. The license plate tags will then be mailed to you. Vehicle emission testing http://www.in.gov/bmv/2655.htm is required every 2 years for drivers in Porter and Lake counties at a Clean Air Car Check station. http://www.in.gov/bmv/2665.htm
- For first time vehicle registrations http://www.in.gov/bmv/2334.htm you may also complete the transaction online https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fMyRegistration%2fTitleNoReg.aspx if the title has already been submitted to the BMV. Otherwise go to a BMV office with the title or manufacturers Certificate of Origin, and any necessary fees to receive registration and plates. You can also track the status of your registration and plates online. https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fMyRegistration%2fRenewalStatus.aspx
- If your license has been lost or stolen, http://www.in.gov/bmv/2755.htm you can request a duplicate online https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fMyDriver%2fLIcenseDuplicate.aspx as long as your name or address has not changed.
- To change your name on your license http://www.in.gov/bmv/2767.htm you should first file a name change with the Social Security Administration. https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/Article/1995/How-do-I-change-the-name-on-160-a-Social-Security-card- Then you will need to make a need to make a trip to a BMV office and present any legal documents proving name change for a new license.
- For a change of address it is important to remember that the Indiana BMV maintains two addresses on file for every driver: a legal address and mailing address. If you have recently moved within Indiana you should complete a change of address for both by visiting a BMV office. You will need to supply two proofs of residency. (See below)
- To request a driver record, you can also go online https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fMyDriver%2fDriverRecord.aspx and complete the required form.
- An organ donor can save the lives of up to 8 people. Indiana residents over the age of 18 may register to become an organ donor http://www.in.gov/bmv/3198.htm by going online to the Indiana Organ and Tissue Registry. https://www.donatelifeindiana.org/register/
Save time at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles by scheduling an appointment to take a driving test. https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMV%2fmybmv%2fDriveTest%2fDriveTestDisclaimer.aspx You can also view the wait times http://www.in.gov/apps/waittimes/Default.aspx at selected BMV branches. Many functions can also completed by creating an account online at myBMV. http://www.in.gov/bmv/2967.htm You may be able to skip an entire trip to the BMV office by following the links to complete certain transactions.