In the state of Indiana it is illegal for anyone to drive without a license. If you have an international driver’s license, you may drive in the state of Indiana for one year.
In order to get an Indiana driver’s license, you will be required to take a written test, a vision test, and a driving test before you can successfully obtain a license. To find out more specific information on identification requirements in order to obtain a driver’s license, please visit the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles webpage.
Vehicle Title and Registration
In order to legally title and register a vehicle with the state of Indiana, you can go to the nearest branch of BMV. You do not need to provide a Social Security number. Applicants can apply for titles using I-94 numbers in any branch statewide.
Tips for buying a vehicle
- Have the amount of money that you are willing to spend before you shop;
- Stop around to several car dealerships. This might prevent salespeople from taking advantage of you
- Consult the New Cars Buyers Guide when purchasing a new car to determine the best price to pay for the car. When purchasing a used car, consult the Kelly Blue Book
- For a used car you may want to check the maintenance record for the vehicle (some people use CarFax or other companies to check the car’s history). You may even consider having a mechanic check it out after you test drive it
- Never buy a car on your first visit unless you are sure that the price cannot get any lower.
Car insurance is mandatory in the state of Indiana. Insurance rates are determined by the age of the driver, previous driving record, the city you live in, and the type of car that will be insured. Insurance rates can be very expensive especially for young males or someone who has been involved in a lot of accidents. There are two types of car insurance: full coverage and liability:
- Full coverage insurance means that you will be covered for the full value of the car if it is involved in an accident, stolen, set on fire, vandalized, and much more. Full coverage is a good choice if the car is relatively new, even though the cost is higher than the minimum legal requirement
- Liability coverage only protects your car up to a certain amount, and may only cover other party’s damage and not your own.