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Welcome to Indiana! A state popularly recognized by its nickname ‘Crossroads of America’. Wondering how it got this name? Well, it’s mainly because several major interstate highways conveniently cross paths in Indiana. And if you’re new to the state, it could take you a good amount of time to get familiar with all the intersections.
However, before you take out your car to study these
junctions, you would first need to drive to a nearby Indiana BMV (Bureau of
Motor Vehicles) office. We shall go over the possible paperwork streaming your
way so that you can successfully notify the BMV about your move here. Best to
get the boring formalities out of the way soon as possible, isn’t it?
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Read on to learn more
about Indiana DMV change of address and how to go about it.
You would need to get in touch with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to change the address on your driver’s license, once you establish residency in Indiana. The good news is that you don’t have to rush yourself, since you would have 60 days to notify the BMV. Most states have a 30 day requirement, so you basically get double the time!
On another note, we’d like to highlight that Indiana
requires all new residents to apply and obtain a ‘Real ID’. A real ID is
identified by the golden star on the upper right corner of the driver’s
license, permit or state identification card. If you have a real ID, you can
present it at the airport while boarding your flight. Starting October 01st
2021, it is mandatory for all residents to have a Real ID instead of the
Indiana state ID to board commercial flights. The real ID is a compulsion for those
who are already residing in the state, as well as for all new residents.
What is the purpose of the Real ID? The main goal is to make documents
of identification more secure in the United States. In order to get a Real ID,
residents of the country have to present various documents like passport,
residency and citizenship proof for verification. The entire process ultimately
leads to a thorough inspection procedure to keep the identity of U.S citizens
It is necessary to notify the Indiana BMV about your new
residential address, so that they have the right address registered with them
in their database. This also ensures that all mail correspondence or notices
that are sent out by the BMV reaches you and doesn’t travel to the wrong
person. On the other hand, your driver’s license is also your form of personal
identification that needs to remain up-to-date to serve its purpose of
qualifying as identity proof. Lastly, if you fail to notify the BMV, you run a
risk of paying a hefty fine, or in extreme circumstances, you could be a victim
of identity theft.
All BMV branches in Indiana are open for walk-in service and
unfortunately, you can’t really make an online appointment. However, the key to
finishing your paperwork is carrying all the right documents with you, so that
you’re not running back and forth from your home. Most newcomers visit the
office with half the documents. However, we’re here to help you avoid making a
second visit. To find the right office operating closest to your home, we
suggest checking the branch map by using the filter tool to
separate BMV branches by county, city and zip code.
And like we said earlier, when you apply for an Indiana
driver’s license, you would need to carry a bunch of documents to the office
in-person. So, below is the list of documents.
The various documentation and information
needed for applying a new driver’s license are:
1. A proof of citizenship identification by presenting:
2. Two proofs of Indiana residency by presenting any of these issued within 60 days:
3. Proof of social security by presenting:
4. Carry your current out-of-state driver’s license to surrender it to the BMV
If your current name does not appear
on a few of the documents you’re presenting, you don’t have to worry about it.
You would just need to carry additional documents like a marriage certificate,
divorce decree, adoption decree or court sanctioned orders that serve the
purpose of explaining why you got the name change.
Do note that you cannot carry an
e-copy or photocopies of documents, but it is absolutely necessary to bring
along the hard copies of the documents listed above. If your driver’s license
has expired while moving to Indiana, you would need to take a knowledge test at
the DMV. But if you submit an up-to-date license, all you have to pass is a
vision screening test.
Once you have presented the
documents, the staff member at the BMV who needs time to verify your documents
would provide you with an interim license. This license is valid for 30 days
and gives you the chance to drive your car until the BMV mails you your new
license. You can expect your new license to arrive within 14 days. Or else you
can contact the BMV branch in person or by phone on the number 888-692-6841.
Processing fees – The fee for a non-commercial driver’s license is $17.50. However, fees could vary depending on the license type and number of duplicates requested. Your license would be valid for 6 years.
See also: Moving to Indiana – Relocation Guide
If you’ve established residency in the state and got your
out-of-state vehicle along with you, it is necessary to get the car registered
at the BMV. This allows you to legally drive the car in the state and avoid any
penalties. As a new resident, you would have 60 days to apply for a certificate
of title and register your car to the state of Indiana. Once again, there is no
online process and you would need to visit the BMV in person with your car.
Here is a
list of all the documents you need to carry and information you need to get
your vehicle registered.
Processing fees – To register a passenger motor
vehicle, it would cost you $21.35. However, charges may vary depending on the
build of your vehicle.
If you have recently moved within the state of Indiana
itself, you would have 30 days to notify the BMV with your new mailing address.
You can’t make use of the online services to update your address and would need
to visit the BMV along with proof of residence and identification.
You can present proof of Indiana residency by submitting
documentation such as your lease, bank statements, utility bills or similar
documents. There is no fee to inform the DMV to update your mailing address in
their database. However, if you wish to receive new documentation, it would
cost you $9. Do note that even though you may go with the intention of changing
your address on your license, you may be asked to upgrade to a Real ID that is
mandatory for all residents in the state of Indiana.
When you move out of the state of Indiana, you are not required to notify the BMV about your life altering decision. You would need to begin research about the processes followed for a new driver’s license, registration, vehicle title and license plates in the prospective state you will reside in. After establishing residency, most states give individuals 30-60 days to finish these administrative procedures, but it entirely depends on the state you’re moving to. Keep in mind that rules and regulations vary from state to state. Hence, we recommend that you begin research about your new state before moving out of Indiana.
You can refer to similar guides on our website for information on other states as well.
Also See: Best Moving Companies In Indiana | 7 Most Affordable Places to Live in Indiana
New residents of Indiana get to enjoy the fact that getting their vehicles registered and address changed is not as time sensitive as it is in other states. And although it might seem like there’s a lot of paperwork coming your way, remember one thing – with a little bit of effort and preparation, you can always have a fruitful day with completing these procedures.
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