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Driving and Cars

Getting a Driver’s License

Foreign Driver’s License: If you have a foreign driver’s license or international driver’s license, you can drive in the state of Indiana for one year from your original date of entry into the U.S. without restriction.

Indiana Driver’s License and ID Card: To obtain an Indiana driver’s license and ID card, you will need to take tests at the BMV. Please prepare the documents as required. It is recommended to study before the test. You will need to take both a written test and driving test. 

Required Paperwork for Indiana License

  1. Unexpired passport
  2. Valid visa
  3. Form I-94 (printed)
  4. Form I-20
  5. Social Security Card
    1. If you do not have a social security number, you must obtain a “letter of denial for social security number.” You can get this letter at the social security office (see Social Security Number section)
  6. Two proofs of address
    1. Bank statement (within 60 days)
    1. Letter from Residence life (on campus) or rental agreement (off campus)
    1. W-2 Form (issued by employers for tax purposes based on your income)
Buying a Car

If you do plan on owning a car, generally the process goes as follows:

  1. Have a driver’s license
    1. Please visit our website for complete information on this: Getting a Driver’s License
  2. Locate a car
    1. If you want to check the resale value of a car, you can do so with Kelly Blue Book.
    2. You can find a car via a private seller or through a dealership. Below are links to possible resources:
      1. Cars.com
      2. TrueCar.com
      3. CarMax.com 
      4. AutoTrader.com
      5. Specific Dealership (please google “Brand + Fort Wayne” to find one)
      6. Facebook Marketplace
      7. Craigslist
  3. Pay for the car
    1. You will be able to pay via cash or possibly loan. If buying from a person, you will need to likely pay with cash or cashier’s check. If you buy from a dealership, they might have financing options.
    2. If financing, please note you will be responsible for monthly payments, or your car may be taken back.
  4. Obtain car insurance
    1. All drivers are required to have car insurance. This is an additional expense that is completely required without exceptions. Some options are:
      1. State Farm 
      2. All State
      3. Liberty Mutual
      4. Geico
      5. Erie Insurance
      6. Google “Car Insurance Indiana” for more options
  5. Register your car
    1. You will need to go to a BMV location in order to receive a license plate and registration for your vehicle. This is required prior to driving the car on the road.
      1. Find a BMV Branch Location (there are three around Fort Wayne)
      2. (optional) Make an Appointment
      3. Read about Vehicle Registration and Plates online
        1. Make sure you check what documents will be required for this appointment.
  6. Obtain parking permit for Indiana Tech
    1. You will need to have a parking permit for campus. Visit Parking Permits for more information on this process.
BMV Locations

There are three locations for the BMV in Fort Wayne, which are listed below. You are able to Make an Appointment but it is not required. You will want to check the hours of operation for each location as they are different.

BMV New Haven License Branch
709 Lincoln Highway West
New Haven, IN 46774-2137
260.749.5178
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BMV Fort Wayne Pine Valley
10204 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825-2035
260.489.0690
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BMV Waynedale License Branch
6721 Old Trail Road, Suite 300
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
(260) 747-5764
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Requirements to Own a Car

If you plan on driving or purchasing a car, you must have this car registered with the BMV and you must have car insurance. Having a license, registration and insurance are three requirements by law.

Disclaimer: Indiana Tech cannot help you locate, negotiate, or pay for a vehicle. The process is unique to each car and seller, and it is important that you fully research everything on your own. It is your responsibility to be licensed, fully register your car, and have car insurance for any vehicle you own while in the United States.