I’ve been out of the country and I wish to restore my driver license.
December 27, 2022
Q) I owned a driver license issued in late 2015 by the West Lafayette BMV.
I have been out of the country — where I lost it to theft of my wallet.
I am now in Lafayette, and I wish to restore my driver license.
Would you kindly lead me on what I can do to restore my license ?
A) To restore your driver’s license in Indiana, you will need to visit a branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and provide some documentation. Here are the steps you can follow:
- Gather the necessary documents: You will need to bring some documents with you to the BMV to restore your license. These may include your Social Security card, a valid passport or birth certificate, and proof of your Indiana residency.
- Visit a BMV branch: Find a BMV branch near you and make an appointment to visit in person. It’s a good idea to check the BMV’s website to see what documents you need to bring with you and to confirm that the branch is open and offering services.
- Take a written test: You will need to take a written test to ensure that you have a basic understanding of Indiana’s traffic laws. The test will cover topics such as traffic signs, signals, and laws.
- Take a vision test: You will also need to take a vision test to make sure that you meet the state’s minimum vision requirements for driving.
- Pay the restoration fee: You will need to pay a fee to restore your license. The amount of the fee will depend on the type of license you have and how long it has been expired.
- Get your new license: Once you have completed all of the above steps, you will be issued a new driver’s license. Make sure to keep it in a safe place so that you don’t lose it again.
It’s a good idea to check with the BMV to confirm the specific requirements and procedures for restoring your license, as they may have changed since 2015.