- The length of your driver’s license validity will be tied to the end date of your I-20 or DS-2019
- Dependents may need to be accompanied by the primary visa holder at the time of application
- Students who are applying for OPT, but have not yet received their EAD card, or who are waiting for a Change of Status approval will be turned away until processing is final
Applying for an Indiana's Driver's License
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the BMV? What are their hours?
The Bloomington license branch is located at 1531 South Curry Pike. You can contact the BMV by calling 888-692-6841. They are closed Sundays and Mondays, and their regular hours are the following:
TUE: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
WED: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
THU: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
FRI: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
SAT: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
How long can I drive on an International Driver's License?
You may drive a car in the United States for one year using an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) and a driver’s license from your home country. Learn more at https://ois.iu.edu/living-working/transportation/international-permit.html
How do I register my car?
The BMV refers to registering a car as "getting a plate" – which means purchasing a license plate. If you buy a vehicle from a dealership, they will help you with this process. If you buy from a private individual, information can be found at https://www.in.gov/bmv/registration-plates/basic-vehicle-transaction-guide
I am moving from another state. Do I have to get an Indiana license? Do I need to register my car in Indiana?
You need to transfer your out-of-state registration and obtain an Indiana driver's license within 60 days. Detailed information can be found at https://www.in.gov/bmv/licenses-permits-ids/new-indiana-residents
What is the SAVE database?
The SAVE database is a multi-agency database that branches of the government access to verify information. When internationals enter the US, that entrance is recorded, and then uploaded to SAVE.
Why do I need to wait ten days after entering the United States?
When you submit your credentials to the BMV, they are required to verify your information with SAVE. In our experience, it takes about 10 days from the time you enter the US for your information to be accessible in SAVE. If the BMV cannot confirm our information at the time of application, you will be asked to return again later.
What happens if I only have one name?
U.S. systems struggle with one name, so it is critical that all of your documents portray your information in exactly the same format. If they are not the same, please consult with OIS, and we’ll try to help you resolve this issue.