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Relocation and Your Indiana Drivers License

There are so many things to think about when you transfer from one city to another. One of the first items on your checklist will be obtaining a drivers license in your new State of residency. As someone who has transferred several times in my life, this task was always fairly simple, except for waiting in line. 

I've been fairly lucky with the line status in indiana, but obtaining my drivers license required three trips and a barrage of documents. If you do not currently have an Indiana Drivers License, the State now requires SecureID. The premise is, it helps control Identity theft. This sounds like a great idea, and I'm sure it is, but you must be prepared.

The documents you will need include;

  • an original or certified birth certificate, or an unexpired US Passport,
  • two items proving Indiana residential status 
  • one original document with your name and Social Security number.

There is one more caveat - if your current legal name is different than your birth name, you must provide legal proof of your name change.

If you are a married woman, you will need an original (certified copy) of your marriage certificate. If you have ever been divorced, you will also need certified copies of your divorce decree. If you were married more than once, you will need documentation for every name change. These documents can be obtained from the city or county in which you were born, married or divorced. This also applies if you are a man who has changed his birth name.

For more information about obtaining your Indiana Drivers License, visit the Government website for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. And, welcome to Indiana!



#1 By Naples Rentals at 3/31/2013 1:52 PM

Relocating can be a pain, thanks for the tips and reminder about getting our drivers license updated. One time, I forgot to do that in a timely fashion and actually got pulled over on my way to the DMV. The officer was kind enough to issue me a warning because I had all my documentation with me but it could have been a serious hurdle in settling in to my new state.

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