Indiana Text Messaging and Cell Phone Laws

Except for novice drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Indiana. All Indiana drivers are prohibited from texting.

Cell Phone Use

There is no cell phone prohibition for drivers in Indiana except that novice drivers – drivers under 18 – are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving.


All Indiana drivers are prohibited from texting while driving unless it is to report a "bona fide emergency." (Read the law.)

Bus Drivers

There is no cell phone prohibition for Indiana bus drivers

How is it Enforced?

Indiana’s cell phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.  A secondary law refers to the fact that an officer can only pull you over and issue a ticket if the officer has witnessed some other violation – for example, you ran a stop light while texting.

Other Indiana Information on this Website  

Drunk Driving Laws, Penalties and Fines in Indiana

Teen Driving Laws and Insurance Requirements in Indiana

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