Education What Hoosiers Need to Know

What Hoosiers Need to Know

Hoosiers, here are some things you should know as residents of Indiana:

Real ID
If you haven’t been to the BMV recently, you may be surprised to learn that there are new federally-required updates to your Indiana driver’s license, for certain instances. If you have not updated your license or other state credentials to include the Real ID status by October 1, 2020, you will not be able to board an airplane or visit a federal facility. To get the Real ID indicator, you must present the following documents when you go into the BMV: a document showing proof of identity (including name and birthdate), one document showing lawful status, proof of your social security number as well as two documents showing proof of residency. For more information about Real ID, visit the BMV website.

IBLC statewide town hall meetings
The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) has three meetings left as they travel statewide to hear from Hoosiers and learn about the issues that matter most in different parts of the state. Join them in Fort Wayne on May 12 at the Pilgrim Baptist Church of Fort Wayne, in Terre Haute on May 19 at the Spruce Street AME Church or on June 2 in Evansville with the exact location to be determined. Click here for more info!

Bike to work week
This weekend be sure to pump up your tires and check your chain to prepare your bicycle for National Bike to Work Week! Ride your bike to work all week or at least on Friday for Bike to Work Day to show you care for the environment, reducing roadway congestion, and improving your own health. Learn more about how one Indiana city is celebrating the nationally recognized event, and see what your own city might be offering.

Railroad funding application
Indiana has launched the Local Trax Rail Overpass Program which will provide $125 million in funding to improve safety at local railroad junctions, including making railroad grade separations, closing crossings and more. The application for communities to apply opened on May 1 and will remain open until August 31. Do you think your community could benefit from this type of funding? Click here to learn more about the program and how your local community can apply.

DNR Things to Do
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released a great list of special events taking place in Indiana in 2018 at our State Parks. Take a hike with your family, enjoy free fishing days or go with your significant other to a summer concert. Check out the full list for dozens of ideas of activities to keep you busy this summer and throughout the rest of the year!