Drivers Moving To Indiana Won't Have To Complete Exam

New Hoosiers with valid driver's licenses no longer have to take and pass a written driving test.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for new residents to get their Indiana driver’s license.

As of July 1, there is no longer a requirement for individuals with valid driver's licenses to take and pass a written driving knowledge exam. The only test you need to worry about now is a vision screen.

“Working with the legislature to make things easier for all Hoosiers and Indiana businesses is inherent in our mission. We want new residents to feel welcome and this is one small change we hope will make the transition easier,” stated BMV Commissioner Peter L. Lacy. “This is one of the positive changes that came out of the 2019 legislative session and we are excited it is already making an impact.”

The BMV says the change was motivated by businesses receiving complaints from new Indiana residents about taking the driving exam. The CEO of one of those businesses, Salesforce, said the change “is a great step forward and will help recruit technology workers to Indiana.”

New Hoosiers seeking an Indiana license will still be required to provide documents proving their identity, Social Security number, lawful status in the U.S., and Indiana residency. Detailed information pertaining to Real ID and the documents required to upgrade can be found at

An additional impactful change at the BMV this year is a new gold placard available to Disabled Hoosier Veterans. Previously when applying for a Disabled Hoosier Veteran plate these individuals did not have the option to get a specially identified placard. Now they can apply for a plate, placard, or both.


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