Indiana License Renewal: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (IN BMV) sends a notice to renew your IN license about before it expires. Your license expires on your birthday, keep this noted so you’re ready to renew. Those unable to renew within the timeframe may face consequences like an expired or suspended license.

You have up to 2 years before its expiration to renew your license. You can renew your license for some time afterward but will pay a late fee (ex. $6 fee if 180 days late). Plus, you may need to retake exams (vision, written, and driving) if you allow it to lapse up to 3 years and beyond.

Renewing your license makes it valid for another 6 years for most drivers (75 and under). A license is valid for 3 years for those 75-84 and just 2 years for those 85 years and older.

You can renew an Indiana license via:

  • Online
  • In-person

This guide helps you understand the driver license renewal steps. Keep reading to understanding which documents you’ll file and fees you’ll pay throughout each process.

How to Renew Your Indiana Driver’s License

Renewals are available to those with valid licenses and meet certain requirements. These requirements include items like having renewed in-person the prior time, under 75 years old, having less than 6 points on your record, information up-to-date, and others. Call your local DMV for specifics.

You may need to apply for an Indiana license if you allow it to lapse. Otherwise, follow through with each of the renewal methods to get back to driving!

In-person Renewal

Consider making an Indiana driver’s license renewal appointment with your local IN DMV to make the process quick and easy. The state prefers drivers renew online for convenience, but this option remains available – and for those that do not meet online renewal requirements.

Do the following when there:

  1. Provide your license
  2. Take a new photo
  3. Sign your license
  4. Pay the fee
    1. Under 75yo: $17.50
    2. 75 – 84yo: $11
    3. 85yo or older: $7

Notes: You may opt to upgrade your license into a SecureID by providing extra proof of ID and residency such as your U.S. passport, W-2, utility bill, and other official documents. Anyone under 21 with 6 points or more on their license will need to retake the vision, written, and driving exam to renew.

Online Renewal

Can you renew IN license online? Yes, it’s the easiest (and preferred) method.

You will do the following:

  1. Visit the IN BMV site
  2. Provide your information
    1. Name
    2. Date of Birth
    3. Address
    4. Social Security Number
  3. Pay the renewal fee

You should receive your new license within 2 weeks of its renewal.

Mail Renewal

Mail renewal is not currently available in the state of Indiana.

A Note about Expired Licenses

You’re wondering the, “Can I drive with an expired IN license?”. No!

You will likely receive a hefty fine or face jail time. You’ll also likely have your license suspended or revoked, causing the long, drawn-out process of renewing a suspended IN license. You’ll need to have it reinstated if you plan to legally drive on the roads of Indiana again.

Find an Indiana License Office

Need answers to your questions about renewing your IN license? Or, want to do the renewal process in-person? Use our IN DMV Directory to find the nearest licensing office near you!