Indiana Permit Study Guide

Taking the BMV permit test in Indiana does not have to be a scary experience.  Using this study guide, and taking the permit practice test will help make the process easy.

The most important step when getting started on becoming a licensed driver is to pass the permit test.  The best way to prepare is to download each chapter of the Indiana Driver's Manual, which is available on the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle's website.  

Obtaining a learner’s permit also requires passing a written examination and a vision screening test. The written exam contains approximately 40 multiple choice questions, each with four answer choices to choose from. The test includes around 16 questions on road sign identification and 34 questions on traffic laws. Those taking the test must get at least 12 sign questions correct and at least 28 traffic questions correct to pass. Failure to pass either section will result in failing the entire test.

When preparing for the test, it is important to realize that some sections of the manual are more important than others, when it comes to permit test material. The permit test mostly covers your knowledge of actual driving laws and situations.  Therefore, Chapters One, Two and Three are primarily administrative and do not contain the kind of information likely to be found on the permit test.  Another example is Chapter Six concerning accidents and emergencies.  While you should look over this chapter, and all chapters, you should focus most of your time on the sections that you know will be tested.

Probably the most important sections of the manual to study are those regarding the various rules of the road.  More than two-thirds of the examination covers driving laws and regulations, which makes Chapter Five probably the most important to study. The rest of the permit test concerns street signs so some studying time should be given to Chapter Four as well.  You should be able to identify road signs just by their shape and color.

When studying the manual, be on the lookout for any information that is specific to rules of the learners permit and teen driving.  For example, you should know the information on pages 6-8 of Chapter One.  Also take a look at the Teens Behind the Wheel section starting on page 98, in Appendix B

A Indiana permit practice test is also available on our website.  The practice test will help you familiarize yourself with the types of things you should know for the permit test.  You can also learn the format of the test and questions, and maybe identify topics you need to brush up on.