BMV Test Questions and Answers for the Indiana BMV

by Joshua on October 09, 2013

When preparing to take the written test, drivers should assure that they are well educated and understand the licensing process in order to pass. Depending on the license type and age of the new driver, it is possible to encounter the written knowledge test at several stages during the licensing process. New drivers, teen drivers and those wishing to upgrade to a different type of license may find that they are required to take the written test during the permit process and again when applying for an actual license. In the following cases in Indiana, the written test will be administered:

  • All learners permit applicants and under 21 drivers renewing a license
  • Anyone that is applying for a chauffeur’s or public passenger’s license
  • New residents to the state applying for any type of license
  • Those drivers renewing a license that has been expired for more than 180 days or have more than six points on their license.
  • Those applying for a CDL or Motorcycle license
  • All new adult and teen drivers

The written testing process

Once the beginning steps have been taken in the permit and licensing process, each new driver must take a vision test and a written knowledge test which are administered at the local BMV office. Under most circumstances the testing is done on the same day that the new driver applies for a license, permitting that the BMV accepts all forms of documentation.

On the day of testing, the BMV clerk will escort the new driver to a designated area of the office to take the written test. It is wise to time the testing process so that it is not nearing close of the branch office to allow for as much time as possible for testing. In addition, the new driver must be sure to obey the testing rules at all times or risk having to retake at a later date. This includes:

  • No one but the tester is allowed in the testing area
  • Turn off all cell phones and electronic devices

Be sure to answer all the questions on the test in order to receive a passing grade and double check the answer sheet before handing into the clerk. If the driver fails the test on the first try, he or she must wait one business day before returning to try again. This can cause license delays so it is important to prepare in advance.

The test will be multiple-choice and consist of information regarding Indiana traffic laws and rules of the road. In addition it will test the driver’s abilities to read and understand all the traffic signs, signals and markings found on roadways. Also found on the test will be several questions concerning actual maneuvers with the vehicle and rule of the right of way procedures. The test is randomly generated so the questions won’t be the same twice on the same test. The test questions will also vary depending on the license type as there are specific questions that concern only those obtaining a special license such as a CDL.

Preparing to take the written test

In order to assure a passing grade, the new driver must be fully prepared for the test itself in addition to understanding the procedure. On each written test a 75% passing score is required in order to be allowed to take the drivers test and receive a license so studying the information is essential. Each new driver needs to assure that they gather the correct materials ahead of time that pertain to their particular license type and then study the information in detail. The following materials will contain all of the information necessary for proper study:

The Drivers Handbook produced by the BMV can be located on or found at the local branch office in hard copy. Assure that the new driver chooses the correct handbook for their license.

Cheat Sheets produced by is an excellent source of study, providing detailed information that will be found on the actual written test. Each individual guide is designed for the particular license type and can be used as a review before test day as well as during the actual study.

Practice tests are an essential part of the learning process. They contain questions that are similar to those the new driver will come across on the written test. Taking practice tests after each section of study helps to reinforce the materials and assure that the driver is as ready as possible.

Samples of test questions that can help the new driver study may include some similar to the following:

  1. What is the main reason for fatal collisions on the road?
  • Driver decisions
  • Faulty traffic equipment or misleading signs
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • All of the above
  1. When is it legally allowed to pass another vehicle on roadways?
  • When the road is marked with a solid yellow line
  • When the road is marked with a solid white line
  • When signs indicate passing is allowed and there is a dotted yellow line
  • Whenever there is a clear enough space to do so
  1. At what length ahead should a driver signal they are turning in either direction?
  • When the driver is within 50 feet or less of a turn
  • At 100 feet before the actual turning area
  • Between 100 and 200 feet of the turn
  • As the driver approaches the area they wish to turn
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