IN Bill Would Make it Easier for Foster Children to Get Driver's License

The Indiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it easier for teenagers under the care of the Department of Child Services to obtain a driver's license.

The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).

“The state of Indiana is the guardian of about 55 youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who are currently unable to receive their driver’s licenses without facing a great number of hurdles,” Sullivan said. “Making the process easier for these teenagers to receive their driver’s licenses will help them to be engaged and connect with their community, participate in school and extracurricular activities and seek out job opportunities.”

Sullivan said teens in foster care find it difficult to obtain a driver's license because they often do not know an adult who is able to sign the BMV application forms and provide liability insurance.

The bill enables foster children to apply for and receive learner's permits and driver's licenses free of charge because foster children often don't have the means to pay for the process.


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