Indiana Drivers Manual


This manual contains the latest information you will need to obtain an Indiana driver’s license. Please carefully review and understand the traffic rules and laws before you get behind the wheel.

The latest version of the Indiana driver’s manual, published in July 2011, is available for you to download.

Chapter One – Obtaining A New Credential

Download Chapter One of the driver’s manual (2.6 MB)

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Indiana’s credentials
  • SecureID
  • Indiana residency requirements
  • Identification
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Learner’s permits
  • Probationary driver’s license
  • Agreement of financial liability
  • Written knowledge test
  • Driving skills test
  • Vision screening test
  • Chauffeur’s licenses
  • Commercial driver’s license
  • Motorcycle endorsement
  • Motorcycle learner’s permits
  • Motorboats, motorized bicycles, and off-road vehicles
  • Photo-exempt credentials
  • Parking placards
  • Restricted driver’s licenses

Chapter Two – Renewing, Amending, Or Replacing A Credential

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Validity periods for credentials
  • Renewing a credential
  • Amending a credential
  • Replacing a credential

Chapter Three – Points, Suspension, And Insurance Requirements

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Point values
  • Driver safety programs
  • Insurance requirements
  • Suspension
  • Habitual traffic violators

Chapter Four – Traffic Signs And Signals

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Traffic sign colors
  • Traffic sign shapes
  • Warning signs
  • Traffic regulation signs
  • Traffic guidance signs
  • Traffic signals

Chapter Five – Safe Vehicle Operation

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Lane markings
  • Changing lanes and passing other vehicles
  • Rules for safe and legal turning
  • Speed limits
  • Braking and following distances
  • Driving in uncertain weather conditions
  • Driving at night
  • Driving on interstate highways
  • Work zones
  • Railroad crossings
  • Sharing the road with trucks
  • Sharing the road with other vehicles
  • Parking and reversing
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Seat belts and child safety restraints
  • Telecommunication Devices
  • Truck Equipment Requirements

Chapter Six – Accidents And Emergency Situations

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • What to do after an accident
  • Impaired driving
  • Vehicle equipment failures
  • Avoiding vehicle theft
  • Routine traffic stops by law enforcement
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

Chapter Seven – Written Knowledge Test Sample Questions

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Learner’s permit and driver’s license sample test questions
  • Chauffeur’s license sample test questions

Appendix A – Document Requirements

This appendix includes information on these topics:

  • Identity documents
  • Social Security Number documents
  • Lawful status documents
  • Indiana residency documents
  • Submitting acceptable documents
  • Obtaining a non-SecureID credential

Appendix B: Teens Behind The Wheel

Appendix C: Other BMV Services and Resources

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