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indiana drivers license renewal - IN

Renew your Indiana Drivers license now and avoid going to the BMV. There are three different manners in which you can renew your license in Indiana. The following are your options: Online or in person at the BMV. Every driver has the option of showing up in person to any bmv license branch. The option of renewing online is only valid if you meet all of the required conditions, which we will discuss below. Your last option is to use our site and download your checklist. We’ll supply you with all of the forms, rules, and steps. Please continue reading below to get started with your Indiana license renewal.

Indiana License Expiration Dates

The expiration date of your license varies depending on your age. For instance, if you received your license when you were younger than eighteen (18), then you were issued a Probationary license, and the following rules apply for your expiration date:

  • If the license was issued the day of, or before June 30, 2009, then you must renew the day of, or before you turn 21.
  • If the license was issued the day of, or after July 1, 2009, then you must renew the day of, or before the 30th day after you turn 21.
  • Note: After your 18th birthday, you have to the option to remove the probationary status from your license.

Expiration dates for drivers younger than seventy five (75) will be either four, five or six years long. This is because the Indiana BMV has opted to go with what they call a staggered schedule for renewals (essentially, renewals are spread out over a period of time for these individuals)

Drivers between the ages of 75 and 84 will have to renew every three (3) years.

Drivers older than 85 will have to renew every two (2) years.

Its expiration date will always fall on midnight of your birthday. If by chance, your birthday is on a holiday, weekend or any other day where the offices are not open, your license will simply be set to expire on midnight of the following business day.

When To Renew

It’s best if you renew your driver’s license on, or before its expiration date. If you are U.S. citizen, you can also prepare ahead of time, and apply for renewal 1 year before its expiration date. However, temporary or legal U.S. residents can only apply for renewal 30 days before its expiration. If you are unable to renew before it expires, try to not to wait longer than one hundred eighty (180) days. If your license has been expired for over 180 days, then you will need to retake the knowledge and vision tests. Furthermore, if your license expired three (3) years or more after its expiration, you will need to retake all tests, including the driving test.

Renew Online

This is the quickest way in which to renew your license. However, Indiana only allows you to renew online if you meet a certain number of conditions. They are the following:

  • You are not renewing a commercial driver’s license.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You are younger than seventy five (75) years of age.
  • It cannot have expired over 6 months ago (180 days).
  • You have not moved (new address) or changed your name.
  • Your license has not been suspended, taken away or cancelled.
  • Your license expires in the next 12 months.
  • Your health is the same and you do not require any additional tests or medical certifications.
  • Your picture is on file with the BMV
  • You must have less than six (6) points on your driver license record.
  • You must not have any points on your record if you are younger than 21.
  • Online renewal is not an option if you are changing from non-SecureID to SecureID.

If you meet all the above conditions, you can renew online HERE.

Renew by Mail

Indiana does not allow renewing of your drivers license by mail. However, you can prepare ahead of time and download all the necessary forms and receive your checklist by signing up HERE.

Renewal for Military Drivers

Active duty military drivers and dependents have a handful of resources that the BMV offers. The quickest and most convenient option for a military applicant us to renew Online. You can always visit a local BMV office. There are certain rules and exemptions that you must follow:

  • If your license expires while on active duty, you may visit any bmv license branch and process your renewal without having to retake the Knowledge and Skills tests. The amount of days expired does not affect this.
  • If the military driver currently has six or more points on his/her driving record, then he/she will need to retake the Knowledge and Skills tests
  • If your expiration date is more than 180 days old, you will not be able to renew online.
  • If the military driver currently has six or more points on his/her driving record, then he/she will need to retake the Knowledge and Skills tests

Renewal Steps for U.S. Military Drivers at a local BMV office

  • Provide a copy of your military ID card. You will not be required to retake the Knowledge and Skills tests.
  • You must pass a vision test.
  • You must bring your personal Identification Documents (see below)

Renewal for drivers who are temporarily Out of State

If you are a resident of the state of Indiana and you are currently temporarily out of state, or if you have lost your license, you may renew online, ONLY if you fall into the categories listed above (in the section titled Renew Online). Your other option is to apply or a thirty (30) day extension on your current drivers license. There is no additional charge for an extension.

If you wish to obtain a thirty (30) day extension, you must fill out the following form called Request for Interim / Extension License . Please read the instructions carefully, and after you have filled out the form, mail it in to the address that appears on the form.

Renew In Person at a BMV Office

You can also walk into any BMV office to renew your license. The cost to renew will be $18 for a 4 year license, $19.50 for a 5 year license, and $21 for a six year license. Click here for the latest FEES. You will need to do the following to renew in person:

  1. Have your Identification documents ready.
  2. Find a local bmv license branch branch.
  3. You must pass a vision test.
  4. Depending if you have gone past your driver’s license expiration date, you might need to pass the Knowledge and Skills Tests.
  5. Pay the required FEE.

Expired License

If your license has expired for over 180 days, it’s mandatory that you retake the knowledge and vision tests. If your drivers license has been expired for three (3) years or more, you will need to retake all tests, which includes the Driving test.


Other Driver License Topics in the State of Indiana

  • New Driver's License
  • Renew Driver's License
  • Learner's Permit