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Get a Learner Permit in Indiana

Learner’s permit requirements vary by age. Carefully read through the following to ensure you have all requirements in check before heading to an Indiana BMV license branch.

A) Gather Required Documents and Indiana Permit Fees

Teens Younger than 16 Years Old

If you are at least 15 years old, you must also provide a certificate of driver education enrollment as proof you are (or will be) attending a state-approved school. Ensure the certificate is dated no earlier than three weeks prior to your first day of class.

Teens 16 Years Old and Older

If you are at least 16 years old and did not take drivers ed, you can still get a learner’s permit after you pass a written knowledge test. Your best bet is to take some time to prepare:

  • Ace a few DMV practice permit tests―Take multiple online practice permit tests before you head to a nearby Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles office to take your written test. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual IN learner’s permit exam
  • Study the Indiana Driver’s Manual―You can download sections of the manual from the state site

You don’t need an appointment to take the written exam (unless you need it read to you); just be sure you show up at least one hour before the branch closes.

B)Apply at an Indiana BMV Branch

With your required documents and fees in hand, head to an IN drivers license branch near you. Also be prepared to take a standard vision screening test.

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