New to Indiana

SUMMARY: New Indiana Residents

If you've just moved to Indiana, there are a number of things you need to take care of with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Some of these things include transferring your out-of-state driver's license to IN, registering your car, and registering to vote in the next election. Certain counties also require vehicle inspections prior to registration and titling. Active-duty military members may be exempt from certain requirements based on your service.

Indiana State Departments

In Indiana, motor vehicle and licensing services are controlled by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). These services include:

  • Administration of licenses, IDs, and permits.
  • Vehicle registration and renewals, inspections, titling, and license plates.

While the Indiana Election Division is responsible for voter registration and election administration, you can still register to vote while applying for your IN driver's license.

Just Moved?

Find all the information you need to finish your moving requirements with the DMV.

Register Your Out-of-State Vehicle

If you're new to Indiana you have 60 days from when you become a resident to register your out-of-state vehicle with the IN BMV. For a detailed explanation of the process, please refer to our Car Registration in Indiana page.

Register a Special Vehicle

If you're new to Indiana and you own an off-road, recreational, or other type of special vehicle, your registration process may be slightly different to a standard car. Find more information on guide to Special Vehicles in Indiana.

Car Insurance in Indiana

Moving to a new state provides an excellent opportunity to reassess your current insurance coverage. Compare quotes and find out if you're getting the best value possible by consulting our Indiana Car Insurance page.

Required Car Inspections

In the state of Indiana, emissions inspections are required, but depend on the vehicle you drive and the county you live in. For more specific information, please check out our Car Inspections in Indiana page.

IN Driver's License & ID Cards

Once you become a resident, the BMV requires you to transfer your out-of-state driver's license to Indiana in order for you to continue driving legally in the state. You have 60 days from when you move to do this.

For more information about the process of obtaining an adult driver's license, check out our Apply for New License in Indiana page.


If you're a teenager with a valid out-of-state driver's license, you may be able to transfer it for an IN driver's license without having to hold a learner's permit first. As long as you meet the requirements of the state's graduated driver's licensing (GDL) program, you will be eligible for a driver's license in Indiana. For more information, refer to our Applying for a New Teen License page.

Commercial Drivers

If you need a commercial driver's license (CDL) in Indiana, visit our Applying for a New CDL page for instructions.

Identification Cards

If you don't drive but need some form of identification, you can apply for an ID card from the Indiana BMV. Find more information on our Identification Cards in Indiana page.

Register as a Voter and Organ Donor

One thing often overlooked during a move is remembering to register to vote in your new state. Find out when and where to register to vote on our Voter Registration in Indiana page.

When you change state's you'll also need to update your organ donor registration information. Each state has it's own registry so you will need to re-register in Indiana.

If you're not an organ donor, you can find some helpful and interesting information on our Organ Donation Facts page.

Out-of-State Military Stationed in Indiana

If you're from out of state but stationed in Indiana temporarily to fulfill your military obligations, visit our guide for Drivers in the Military. Here you'll find some information about using your out-of-state driver's license and vehicle while you're in IN, as well as other helpful information.

IN DMV Office Locations and Resources

If you need to know where the closest Indiana BMV office is to your home or place of work, use our handy DMV Office Finder.

Before getting on the road in the state, be sure to read up on the state's road laws to avoid getting into an accident or receiving a fine:

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