Indiana drivers license renewal

Indiana Driver’s License Renewal – A Complete Guide

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by Zutobi · Updated Apr 30, 2021

Don’t spend hours looking through Indiana’s BMV site for the answers. We provide everything you need to know about renewing your Indiana Driver’s license in this complete guide.

When Do You Need to Renew Your Indiana Driver’s License?

If you have a probationary license, you can’t renew it until one day after your 21st birthday.

If you have a full Indiana driver’s license, you can renew it up to two years before it expires. The duration of your license depends on your age.

  •  74 years or under: 6 years
  •  75 – 84 years of age: 3 years
  •  85 years of age or older: 2 years

Your license will expire at midnight on your birthday UNLESS the BMV office will be closed that day. If there are no open offices near you, it expires on the next open business day.

How to Renew Your Indiana Driver’s License

If you meet the requirements, you can renew your license online or at a kiosk. Otherwise, you must renew your driver’s license in person.

We’ll go through all the different alternatives and requirements below.

Online Renewal

Renewing your license online is very handy and a popular option in Indiana. You can renew online if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a citizen of the United States AND an Indiana resident
  • There is no change in your name, residential address, or other information
  • Your identification card is not expired for more than 180 days
  • You are within 24 months of your renewal date
  • Your previous photo is on file
  • You do not have certain restrictions that require tests

You will need to log into your myBMV account to renew online. From there you will validate your identity, pay the required fees, and submit your request. Your new license will be mailed to you within 14 days.

Kiosk Renewal

Indiana BMV Connect Kiosks give you access to various services like license renewals 24-7. You qualify if you meet the following requirements.

  • You are a citizen of the United States AND an Indiana resident
  • There is no change in your name, residential address, or other information
  • Your identification card is not expired for more than 180 days
  • You are within 24 months of your renewal date
  • Your previous photo is on file
  • You do not have certain restrictions that require tests

You can visit any BMV Connect Kiosk Location to start the process. You will be required to provide the following:

  • Driver’s license number
  • Legal zip code on file
  • Last four digits of your social security number
  • Full name, date of birth, legal address, and social security number

When you log in, you will verify all your information, pay the appropriate fees, and submit your application. A new Indiana license will be mailed to the address on file within 14 days.

In-Person Renewal

You always have the option to renew your license in-person at any convenient Indiana BMV branch. While most branches do not require an appointment, it is a good practice to speed the process along. Especially if you need to take any tests.

  1. Find a convenient BMV location. Make sure you note their hours or book an appointment in advance to avoid a wasted trip.
  2. Gather Your Documents if needed to prove a change of name, address, or signature.
  3. Pass Your Exams, if Applicable. If your license has been expired for more than 180 days, you will need to take the written exam. If it is expired for more than three years, you will need to take both a written exam and a driving skills test.

    Pass your exams on the first try by studying our Indiana Summarized Road Manual and Practice Tests!
  4. Pass Your Vision Exam, with or without corrective lenses. If you pass with corrective lenses, you will be required to wear them while driving. If you do not pass, you will be referred to an eye doctor for examination. You can continue once the eye doctor signs a statement that your vision problems have been corrected.
  5. Pay the Renewal Fee.
  6. Take a Photo and Surrender Your Old License. You will receive a temporary paper license good for 30 days. Your new license will arrive in the mail within 14 days.

Indiana License Renewal Fees 

The fees for renewing your license in Indiana are based on your age:

  • Age 21-74: $17.50
  • Age 75-84: $11.00
  • Age 85+: $7.00

There is also a late fee of $6.00.

What Happens if You Drive with an Expired License?

If you are caught driving with an expired license, the costs vary from area to area. For example, Fisher, Indiana charges $160 traffic tickets for driving with an invalid driver’s license. It can also result in penalty points on your driving record and increased insurance premiums.

Do You Need to Upgrade to a REAL-ID?

After October 1, 2021, you will no longer be able to use a standard ID to fly, enter federal buildings, or visit military establishments. A REAL-will reduce the time and hassle if you need to go to any of these places.

If You Don't Recieve Your License Within 14 days

If you haven’t received your Indiana driver’s license within 14 days after renewing, you can contact the BMV at 888-692-6841 to get a status update. You can also visit a BMV office in person to get an update.

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