Some BMV Branches to Changes Hours for Primary Elections

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be changing their hours slightly, next week.

According to BMV Commissioner Kent Abernathy, branches located in counties with elections in May will extend their hours on Monday and Tuesday. The extended hours will allow the BMV to issue driver’s licenses and state ID cards that can be used for identification at polling sites.

On Monday, BMV branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Those hours apply to Starke County – which will hold a primary municipal election.

For unlicensed residents, the BMV can issue ID cards free of charge so long as proper documentation is available.

The BMV typically processes fewer licenses and identification cards prior to primary elections. In 2011, around 4-thousand total transactions were made. In the 2014 midterm elections, around 6,500 transactions were made statewide.

According to a press release from the BMV, 20 Indiana counties do not have elections on May 5th. Those branches will not extend their hours.