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Applying for an Indiana driver's license is an exciting time in any teen's life. It is one of the first milestones that you will encounter as you get older. Getting your driver's license includes several steps that are outlined below. Even though the process is not as simple as it is for adults, it is not overly complicated if you know what to expect before you go to the license office.
If you're under 21 when you apply for your Indiana driver's license, you will start off with what is called a probationary license. To be granted a probationary license, you will need to meet the different age requirements that the state of Indiana has, and have had your learner's permit for 180 days. If you're under 18 years of age, you will also need to have a parent or guardian sign a financial liability form and submit a log of all of your supervised driving (more on that below).
A financial liability form is a form that states the signing adult is also responsible for any damage or injury that is incurred as a result of an accident when the minor is driving.
The age requirements that go along with a probationary license are as follows:
There are a few tests that you may be required to take before you get your Indiana driver's license. These different tests are listed below, along with some information about each exam or test you will be taking.
There are several things to know about concerning your driving skills test.
If you don't pass the driving skills examination, you will need to wait 14 days before taking the exam again. If you fail three times while you have your permit, you will not be able to take the exam for two months from the date of the last failed test.
Once you have your probationary driver's license, there are some restrictions that you must adhere to. These restrictions are listed below.
Your probationary driver's license expires 30 days after you turn 21. You can't renew your probationary license before your 21st birthday. If you have gotten any points on your probationary license, you will need to retake the Indiana Knowledge Test before getting your regular license. Otherwise, the probationary status ends and you will have an unrestricted driver's license.