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Changes to Indiana state law, as of July 1, 2015 allow drivers who complete driver’s education courses, like the ones offered by Premier, to receive their probationary license a full 6-months before those who haven’t taken driver’s education (previously, it was 3-months). Here are the details:

Learner Permit Age Requirements

Eligibility:
15 years with driver’s ed (Must start driver’s education class prior to practice driving)
16 years without driver’s ed

Probationary License Age Requirements

Eligibility:
16 years and 90 days with driver’s ed
16 years and 270 days without driver’s ed

Probationary License Restrictions

Supervised Driving Requirements:
Must have logged at least 50 hours of supervised practice driving (10 hours must be nighttime driving).
Under 18 – Supervisor may be a licensed instructor working through a driving school, a licensed driver at least 25 years old and related by blood, marriage or legal status, or a spouse over age 21 with valid driving privileges.
Over 18 – May be any licensed driver over age 25 or a spouse over age 21. A copy of the BMV driving log must be submitted when applying for a new license.
Cell Phones/Texting:
Prohibits individuals under age 21 from using any type of telecommunication device for any purpose while operating a vehicle except for making emergency 911 calls.
Nighttime Driving Prohibition:
Up to age 18 – After first 180 days: restricted Sun.-Thurs.,11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning; restricted Sat. and Sun. mornings, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Up to age 21 – Restricted 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for first 180 days of driving.
Exemptions: Lawful employment, school-sanctioned activity, religious event or if accompanied by a licensed driver 25 years or older or your spouse with valid driving privileges who is at least 21 years of age.
Passenger Restrictions:
Up to age 21 – No passengers for the first 180 days unless accompanied by a licensed instructor, licensed driver 25 years or older or your spouse with valid driving privileges who is at least 21 years of age.
Exemptions: a sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child or spouse of the driver.
Violation Penalties:
Violation of any part of this law is a class C infraction which carries a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. All occupants must be properly buckled up.

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