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    Indiana Driver's Training

    All new drivers must complete a period of supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice to satisfy the licensing requirements of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

    If you're a teenager, you may also need to complete driver's training as part of the IN BMV young driver requirements.

    Behind-the-wheel driving practice is crucial to developing driving experience and gaining the skills necessary to take on the responsibilities of a new driver.

    On this page you'll find information about your behind-the-wheel requirements and the next steps towards your first driver's license.

    IN Behind-the-Wheel Requirements

    All new drivers, regardless of your age, must complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice before being eligible for an unrestricted driver's license. (See “Driving Practice in Indiana" below).

    If you are younger than 16 years old, you must also complete driver's training during your driver's education course.

    When you turn 15 years old, you can enroll in a Driver's Ed course and apply for your learner's permit.

    For more information, please read our pages on:

    Indiana Driver's Training Course

    If you want to apply for your learner's permit when you are younger than 16 years old, you must first enroll in a Driver’s Ed program.

    Indiana driver's education is provided by professional driver's training schools.

    In addition to a classroom component, which can be completed online, you course will include at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a certified driving instructor.

    Generally, you'll begin the in-car training after you've completed the classroom sessions.

    Once you complete both sections of your driver's training program, you will receive a course completion certificate.

    Visit the Indiana BMV website for a complete list of driver’s education schools near you.

    Driving Practice in Indiana

    While you hold your learner's permit, you'll be allowed to drive as long as you're with:

    • A licensed adult who is at least 25 years old.
      OR
    • Your licensed spouse who is at least 21 years old.

    Before advancing from your learner's permit to your provisional or full driver's license, you'll need to complete a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving practice with at least 10 hours completed during the night.

    You can keep track of your practice hours with a Log of Supervised Driving Practice (Form 54706), which your parent/legal guardian must sign (if you are a minor) before you can obtain your provisional driver's license.

    Next Steps - Getting Your Provisional License

    You can take your road test and obtain your provisional driver's license after you:

    • Have held your learner's permit for at least 180 days.
    • Have completed your behind-the-wheel practice and submitted your Log of Supervised Driving Practice (Form 54706),
    • Are at least 16 years old plus 180 days if you completed Driver’s Ed.

    NOTE: If you did not take Driver's Ed, you can take the road test and obtain your first driver's license when you are at least 16 years old plus 270 days.

    For more information, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) or Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Indiana page.

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