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    SUMMARY: Indiana Driver Handbook

    In Indiana, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) provides various resources to help you become a safer driver, including the IN driving manual, motorcycle handbook, and manual for commercial drivers. For information about traffic and vehicle laws, view the Vehicle Code.

    Read this page to find links to the Indiana driving manuals available for download.

    Indiana Driver’s Manual

    You can download the Indiana Driver’s Manual

    • How to apply for a learner’s permit and driver’s license in Indiana.
    • Renewing or replacing an IN driver’s license.
    • Driving record points and violations.
    • Driver safety programs.
    • Operating a vehicle safely.
    • Traffic signs and signals.
    • What to do if you have a tire blowout.
    • How to complete a written accident report.
    • How to drive in extreme weather conditions.

    Also included in the Indiana BMV driver’s manual are sample questions to help you prepare for your knowledge test. 

    Don't Forget an Online Practice Test!

    A perfect complement to studying the IN Driver Manual is preparing for the written exam with an online practice test. These industry-leading study guides were created to help you pass the test on your first attempt. Our certified partner offers these comprehensive practice tests for most types of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

    Commercial Driver's License Manual

    Before applying for an IN commercial driver license (CDL), you’ll need to study the Indiana CDL Manual. It covers the following topics:

    • How to apply for a CDL.
    • Skills (road) tests and knowledge (written) tests.
    • Safety rules.
    • Transporting passengers.
    • Carrying hazardous materials.
    • Air brakes.
    • Combination vehicles.
    • Pulling trailers.
    • Tank vehicles.
    • School buses.

    The Indiana CDL manual also contains a series of sample questions you might find on the written test. For additional preparation, you can take an online CDL practice test.

    IN Motorcycle Operator Manual

    Read the Indiana Motorcycle Operator Manual to learn how to apply for your motorcycle license and safely operate your motorcycle on Indiana roads. You’ll learn about topics such as:

    • Using correct hand signals.
    • How to add a motorcycle endorsement to your IN driver’s license.
    • Basic vehicle control (braking, avoiding crashes, turns, shifting, etc.)
    • Riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Carrying passengers.
    • How to avoid flying objects.

    You may also find it help to take an online Indiana motorcycle practice test before taking the BMV test.

    Vehicle Code in Indiana

    Read the Indiana Vehicle Code (Title 9. Motor Vehicles) for details about a range of vehicle and traffic law, including:

    • Vehicle titling and registration.
    • Vehicle classes and types.
    • Disability placards.
    • Traffic tickets.

    If you were recently ticketed for a traffic violation, the Vehicle Code may come in handy if you wish to fight the charge. To learn how to respond to your traffic fine, visit our Traffic Tickets page.

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