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Temporary Permits

Vehicle owners in need of a temporary permit have the below options available if they are unable to register and title their vehicle in Indiana. You must request these temporary permits at your local branch.

96-Hour Temporary Delivery Permit

If you own a vehicle, you may apply for a 96-hour temporary delivery permit to operate the vehicle without obtaining a Certificate of Title or registration.

A 96-hour temporary delivery permit is valid for a period of 96 hours beginning with the time of issuance and authorizes the person, the person’s agent, or the person’s employee to operate the vehicle upon a highway for the purposes of delivering or having delivered the vehicle to any of the following locations:

  • A place of storage, including the person's residence or place of business.
  • An inspection station for purposes of emissions testing under IC 13-17-5-5.1(b).
  • A BMV branch or a location operated by a full service provider (as defined in IC 9-14.1-1-2) or a partial services provider (as defined in IC 9-14.1-1-3) to register the vehicle under this article.

A 96-hour temporary delivery permit may also be issued for delivery of a vehicle currently impounded. Proof of impound is required.

Any Indiana resident who has provided financial responsibility information and proof of ownership may obtain a 96-hour temporary delivery permit by visiting any BMV branch and paying the appropriate fee. Proof of ownership may include any of the following:

  • Certificate of title
  • Registration from any state
  • Bill of sale
  • Certificate of origin

96-hour temporary delivery permits may not be issued to vehicles with expired registrations which need an emissions test in order to renew the vehicle registration. However, the permit may be issued for a vehicle that has an expired registration and has been impounded if a passed emissions test is required in order to renew the registration. Proof of impound is required and a copy must be retained in the end-of-day files.

30-Day Temporary Registration Permit

If you own a vehicle, you may apply for a 30-day temporary registration permit to operate a vehicle. The permit must be kept in the vehicle and made available to law enforcement at all times.

A 30-day temporary registration permit is valid for a period of 30 days beginning with the time of issuance and authorizes the use of the vehicle on a roadway if any of the following conditions exist:

  • The person has purchased or otherwise obtained the vehicle in Indiana and will be titling or registering the vehicle in another state or foreign county.
    • A certificate of title or bill of sale that shows proof of purchase is required.
  • The person is an Indiana resident and is intending to move to another state and the current vehicle registration or temporary permit will expire before the person moves.
  • The person is an Indiana resident and the vehicle registration in another state has expired and the person has applied for an Indiana title for the vehicle, or has provided proof of the following:
    • A completed Request for Title – State Form 1014; or
    • Application for title from prior state of residence
  • The person owns and operates the vehicle and the person does not operate the vehicle as a lessor and moves the empty vehicle from one lessee-carrier to another.
  • The person owns a vehicle for which emissions testing is required and the vehicle will require further mechanical repairs in order to comply with the emissions testing requirements. The following must be provided:
    • Proof of a failed emissions test from the inspection station; and
    • If the vehicle is newly purchased and has never been registered by the owner, a certificate of title or bill of sale that shows proof of purchase.

View Permit Fees on the BMV Fee Chart