Indiana motorists renewing their driver’s licenses in 2012 are not alone; the Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will process 2.1 million renewals in an effort to comply with new federal ID requirements. To ease congestion, the BMV has made the renewal process available online to certain drivers.
The expected 2.1 million renewals in 2012 is a record level and represents an increase of more than 700 percent over renewals processed in 2011.
From a BMV press release, the number of Indiana driver's license renewals will skyrocket in 2012 to over 2 million. In 2011, 260,000 licenses were renewed.
The BMV had adjusted the expiration dates of Indiana driver’s licenses to align renewals with the new standards under the federal Real ID Act. The act requires states to update their licensing process to verify applicants’ identities thoroughly and increase security by 2013. The act was similar to recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission.
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Eligible motorists required to renew their license in 2012 can do so online through the BMV’s website. The first step to the online renewal process will be creating an account on the agency’s website.
Eligibility standards for online renewal include:
- U.S. Citizen
- Name and address must be the same since last renewal
- No testing or medical certification required
- No more than 6 points on license
- 70 years old or younger
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Eligible drivers can renew up to one year prior to their driver’s license expiration date.
The BMV notes the busiest days for branches are Tuesday and Saturdays. Licenses are now printed at a central location and, as a result, all drivers will receive their new license in the mail, regardless by what method they renew. Drivers renewing their license after it expired will be charged a $5 fee.
More information about Indiana driver’s licenses and ID cards from the BMV >>