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The primary goal of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is driver safety. The latest version of the Indiana driver's manual, published in January 2015, is available for you to listen to or download below.

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.

Chapter One - Obtaining a New Credential

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • Indiana’s credentials
  • SecureID
  • Indiana residency requirements
  • Identification Cards 
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Learner’s permits
  • Probationary driver’s license
  • Liability for Injury or damage
  • Knowledge test
  • Driving skills test
  • Vision screening test
  • Chauffeur’s licenses
  • Commercial driver’s license
  • Motorcycle learner’s permit
  • Motor Driven Cycles
  • Motorcycle endorsement
  • Motorboats
  • Organ Donation
  • Photo-exempt credentials
  • Parking placards
  • Restricted driver’s licenses
  • Veteran indicator

Chapter Two - Renewing, Amending or Replacing a Credential

This chapter includes information on these topics:

  • 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 tractor-trailers
  • 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 - 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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