The Transportation Page
International Driver's License (IDL)
An International driver's license is an English
translation of your foreign driver's license. You will need to
apply for the international driver's license in your home country.
You will not be able to apply for the IDL in the U.S.
Benefits of an IDL:
You are able to drive in the U.S. immediately
with your IDL. After one year, you must have a
valid Indiana driver's license to legally drive in the
You are able to apply for an Indiana driver's
license immediately after arriving in the U.S. if you have an IDL.
Otherwise, you will need to apply for a learner's permit* before
you are eligible to apply for an Indiana driver's license.
*A learner's permit requires that you have an
adult (21 years or older) with a valid driver's license for up to 9
months. You will also be required to practice driving for 50 total
hours (at least 10 hours nighttime driving).
Indiana Driver's License
Motor Vehicles (BMV)
How to apply for an
Indiana Driver's License or State ID (PDF)
Hours (may vary, please check the website of the
branch you plan to visit):
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
How to Apply for an Indiana Driver's
With an International Driver's License
You may apply for an Indiana driver's license
anytime after you arrive. You are able to drive on your
international driver's license for up to 1 year from your arrival
in the U.S. After that, you will need to have an Indiana driver's
license. We recommend that you apply no later than 7 months after
you have arrived in the U.S.
In order to apply for an Indiana driver's license you must:
- Pass the BMV's written, vision, and drive test. You may study
for the written test using the BMV's driver's manual located
on the BMV website.
- Present the necessary documentation
- Proof of identity and nonimmigrant status: passport, visa
stamp, I-94 card
- Proof of address in Indianapolis: bank statement with mailing
address, pay stub, bill sent to your address in
- Proof of Social Security Number: Social Security Card*
*You are only eligible for a Social Security Card if you are
employed in the U.S. If you do not have a Social Security Card and
are ineligible to receive the card because you are unemployed, you
need to show proof of ineligibility. The Social Security
Administration is in charge of issuing SSN's as well as issuing
letters of ineligibility. In order to receive a letter of
ineligibility, you must apply for a SSN.
documents required for an Indiana Driver's License or State ID
If you have passed all the required tests and submitted all
required documents. Your photo will be taken and you should
receive your new Indiana driver's license in the mail within 2
Without an International Driver's License
If you do not have an international driver's license or an
English translation of your foreign driver's license, you must
first apply for an Indiana learners permit before you are eligible
for an Indiana driver's license.
You must be at least 16 years old (and 180 days) to be eligible
for an Indiana learner's permit
If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, you
must have a passenger 21 years or older with a
valid driver's license in the car with you when you are driving. If
you are over the age of 18, you must have a passenger with a valid
driver's license only, in the car with you at all times.
You must complete 50 hours of supervised
driving (at least 10 nighttime hours) to be eligible
to apply for an Indiana driver's license. The 50 hours must be
witnessed by a passenger who is at least 25
years old (or a spouse who is at least 21 years old).
You must record your 50 driving hours in a 'Log of
Supervised Driving', which you need to present to the BMV
when you apply for the driver's license.
Once you have completed the 50 hours of supervised driving.
Follow the steps above on how to apply for an Indiana driver's
Indianapolis Public Transportation - IndyGo
Indianapolis has an emerging bus system. The city has just
added the first hybrid buses to the IndyGo network in an effort to
'go green' or be more environmentally friendly. Also, initiatives
such as free bus rides on particular days to promote less fuel
consumption, bike racks on the front of all buses to promote biking
to work, the grocery store, a friend's home, wherever; the IndyGo
company has made a commitment to creating a more sustainable
IndyGo general bus schedule:
Most buses come every half an hour during peak times, while
during low traffic times, most bus runs on an hourly
The two buses below are relatively close to campus and will get
you to major areas of Indianapolis:
Bus #28 -- This bus meets at 46th and Illinois and takes
you downtown to Monument Circle
Bus #19 -- This bus meets at 46th and College and takes you to
Castleton Square Mall, with a stop at Glendale Mall as well.
For a complete list of bus routes and schedules visit www.indygo.net.
Both companies serve Indianapolis 24 hours a day
and 7 days a week.
Broad Ripple Village Taxi
Butler's shuttle bus takes you to Broad Ripple
and Glendale Mall, click here
for departure time.
YOU MUST HAVE YOUR BUTLER STUDENT ID WITH YOU TO
Zipcars are great for international students who do not
own cars and need to run a few errands off campus.
"Two Zipcars - a Toyota Prius and a Mazda3 - are now available
24-hours-a-day, seven days a week to all students, faculty and
staff members ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local
community ages 21 and over. Butler's Zipcars are located in the
Atherton Student Union lot. Butler students, faculty, staff and
local community members can join the car-share program at www.zipcar.com/butler.
Butler University members pay a $35 annual fee. Rates on all
Zipcars start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day. Gas,
insurance, reserved parking spots, up to 180 miles of driving per
day and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily
Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for
multiple days." --Butler Connection