BMV wait: 10 days for driver's license, IDs

New rules begin Jan. 2
2009-12-18T00:05:00Z BMV wait: 10 days for driver's license, IDsBy Dan Carden -, (317) 637-9078
December 18, 2009 12:05 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers will soon have to wait up to 10 business days after visiting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to receive a new driver's license or state identification card.

Starting Jan. 2, new cards will only be created at a central BMV office, after facial recognition and other security measures are applied. The new card will then be mailed to the cardholder.

The BMV will also begin requiring additional documentation before issuing a driver's license or ID card.

"Strengthening the security of Indiana's driver's license and ID cards is important, and security enhancements will eventually be enforced under the federal Real ID Act," BMV Commissioner Andy Miller said.

Real ID was enacted in 2005 and requires states to apply new security and authentication processes before issuing a driver's license or ID card. Persons carrying noncompliant cards will not be allowed to board airplanes or enter federal buildings, according to the law.

However, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Friday a 17-month delay in implementing Real ID. At least 25 states, including Illinois, have refused to change their state driver's licenses and ID cards, and others have told the federal government they could not make the required changes fast enough to comply with the original Jan. 1 effective date.

Nevertheless, Miller said Indiana intends to go ahead with the new procedures.

"We have spent the last six months educating Hoosiers on the importance of providing greater protection against identity theft and fraud, and we remain committed to continuing this initiative," Miller said. "Indiana will be compliant with the Federal Real ID Act."

Under the new procedures, driver's license and ID card applicants will receive an "interim document" until their permanent card arrives in the mail. That document will be valid for voter identification purposes, according to the BMV.

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A complete list of documents required to obtain an Indiana driver's license or ID card after Jan. 2 is available at

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