Obtaining a Permit
Instructions for Obtaining a Permit:
- Students may apply for a permit up to three (3) weeks before the start of class. Students must be at least fifteen (15) years of age to apply for a driver education permit. A parent or legal guardian must bring full payment and the student's birth certificate, or passport to the driving school to receive the necessary paperwork for the permit.
- When we see the birth certificate, we will issue a C.D.E. form (Certificate of Driver’s Education) which verifies that the student is enrolled in a driver education course.
- Take the C.D.E. form to the BMV with an original or certified copy of the birth certificate, the student’s social security card (which must be signed), and 2 proofs of student's address (class schedule, report card, bank statement). (There are other forms of acceptable identification.)
If you have questions or trouble when collecting your documents, you may call the BMV toll-free at 1-888-myBMV-411 (1-888-692-6841) and speak with a customer service representative for help, or visit any Indiana license branch for assistance.
Note: The BMV makes all decisions pertaining to acceptable identification, not the driving school.
- A parent or legal guardian will need to go to the license branch with a student under the age of eighteen in order to sign a financial responsibility statement.
- After passing the written exam and an eye exam, the student will be issued a temporary paper permit (valid for 30 days). The plastic permits are now sent in the mail, and should arrive within 14 days. Students will need the permit to apply at the BMV for a drivers license. Driver Education Permits are NOT VALID until the student completes the first day of class at the driving school, or the first module of the online program.
- Once the student starts the driver education class, or the online program, he/she will be allowed to drive only with the school or parent until the student has completed both the 30 hours of classroom/online and the 6 hours of in-car instruction. When both have been completed, the driving school will issue a letter of completion that the student will need at the BMV in order to obtain the driver's license.
LOST PERMITS: As per step 5 under "Instructions for Obtaining a Permit," students must have the plastic copy of the permit to apply for a driver's license. Should a student lose the permit, the student must return to the BMV to have another permit issued. The student must take along the birth certificate, a new CDE form from the driving school, and student's social security card to the BMV in order to have the permit replaced.
EXPIRED PERMITS: The BMV does not renew permits. If the student lets the driver education permit expire, he/she must then return to the BMV, take the written exam, and apply for a learners permit. Note: Students who let their permit expire will not be eligible to take the road test at the driving school.