I’ve been out of the country and I wish to restore my driver license.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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