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Indiana BMV driving skill exams are back after March cancellation

More than 4,000 people have been waiting
Posted at 6:43 PM, Jul 15, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 4,000 people have been waiting to take their Indiana driving skills exams. They should get a chance soon.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles put a halt to the tests in March due to the pandemic. Now, the agency is ready to resume them on July 16.

“The BMV typically has driving skills exams scheduled three weeks in advance. As a result, more than 4,000 Hoosiers had an exam canceled and were therefore given priority to get their exam completed before the schedule is opened to the public,” BMV Commissioner Peter Lacy said. “The number of canceled exams varied by branch, which is why we will open appointments in phases.”

The BMV began rescheduling exams in late-June for anyone who had an appointment canceled due to the public health emergency. Once all customers with a previously canceled appointment have had the opportunity to reschedule, the BMV will open appointments across the state corresponding to branch timeslot availability. The first appointments will be available as early as July 16 with all branches offering appointments by July 24.

Appointments are required for driving skills exams and must be scheduled a minimum of 48-hours and a maximum of three weeks in advance. The scheduler will be updated as additional branches complete their backlog. Appointment information and expectations can be viewed on the BMV website, found here: https://www.in.gov/bmv/2568.htm [in.gov]

Customers and drive examiners must follow specific health and safety requirements during the driving skills exam. Some of these requirements include answering health screening questions, having at least two windows in the car opened slightly, and wearing a mask.