Indiana BMV Extends Hours To Help Voters With IDs

Posted On October 26, 2016

By Mike Perleberg


(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is staying open late to make sure you get to vote next month.

BMV commissioner Kent Abernathy announced Tuesday that the agency’s branches will stay open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, and from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Election Day itself, Tuesday, November 8.

The BMV is focusing on renewing and adjusting IDs, which are required to cast a ballot by Indiana law. License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses and learner permits. New driver’s licenses and learner permits will be processed provided the customer has previously completed all required testing.

Citizens without a driver’s license can get free, state-issues ID cards for voting purposes. Those individuals must be a U.S. citizen who can provide proper documentation and will be at least 18 years of age on or before the election.

The following documents are required to obtain a new state ID card or driver’s license. A complete list can be found at myBMV.com.

  • Proof of Identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub that contains the full SSN or W-2
  • Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of residency, two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement

All license branches will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, November 9.