Who Must Take the Test?
An Indiana the written knowledge test is required when:
- You apply for a learner's permit and are not enrolled in a driver education program.
- You apply for a driver's license after completing a driver education program.
- You are a first-time chauffeur's license applicant.
- You are a first-time public passenger chauffeur's license applicant.
- You are younger than 21, have active points on your driving record, and want to renew a valid driver's license.
- You are a new Indiana resident with an out-of-state or out-of-country license. If you have held an out-of-state license for less than 180 days, you must pass the Indiana BMV knowledge test to obtain an Indiana Learner's Permit.
- Your Indiana driver's license has been expired for more than 180 days.
- You have six or more active points on your Indiana driving record.
Indiana Knowledge Test
The Indiana BMV written knowledge test is based on information contained in the driver's manual. The purpose of the test is to make sure you have a basic understanding of Indiana traffic laws and safe driving practices. You must be able to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic.
The Indiana BMV test consists of two parts and a total of 50 questions. The first part will test your understanding of highway signs. It has 16 questions and you must correctly answer at least 14 questions. The second part will test your knowledge of Indiana traffic laws and common safe driving techniques. It has 34 questions, and you must have 26 correct answers to pass.
The test consists of multiple choice questions concerning traffic maneuvers and knowledge of types of traffic signs.
Arrive at a license branch at least one hour before the branch closes. If you fail the test you must wait until the next business day before you can take it again.
Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.
Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.
Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.
Our Practice Tests
Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.
Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.
All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.