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Frequently Asked Questions 

After an Accident

Driver License and ID Cards for Adults

Driver License and ID Cards for Minors

Insurance Verification and Testing

Military Issues

Commercial Driver License

License Problems | DUI, DWI, Court Orders, Violations

After an Accident
Safety Responsibility SR-1 accident report must be submitted within thirty (30) days when damage to the property of any one person is in excess of $1,000.00 or results in the injury or death of any person regardless of who is at fault. Contact Safety Responsibility at 501-682-7098.

To show financial responsiblity for your vehicle after an accident you will be required to furnish:

  • An SR-21 proof of liability insurance in force form filled out by your insurance company.
  • A deposit of security as tabulated by this office.
  • A written release of liability signed by the other party in the accident.
  • A final civil adjudication of non-liability from a court of competent jurisdiction. Trial in traffic court over a traffic citation is not an adjudication of non-liability.
  • A covenant not to sue signed by the other party which must be notarized.
  • A written statement which has been accepted by the appropriate parties to the payment of damages in installments.
  • A written statement by the adverse party or his liability insurance carrier that they have reimbursed you for your property damage.
  • A written request to this department for a hearing to determine if there is a reasonable possibility that a judgment may be rendered against you as a result of the accident. If the hearing indicates a judgment does not seem reasonable, then the department will not require the security deposit.
  • A copy of a bankruptcy petition with a list of creditors naming all parties.

Even if you are not ticketed in accident you must provide Safety Responsibilty with an SR-1. Although a ticket may not be issued, the possibility of a judgment being entered against you can still exist requiring that you show financial responsibility.

If You Have Changed Your Name
The cost of a duplicate license with a name change is $10.00. You will need to bring your current driver's license along with either a marriage license, divorce decree, specifically stating you may change your name, or court order for a name change. If you are over 18, the Arkansas State Police requires proof of age and identification before any portion of the exam is given.

Any person applying for a driver's license is required to show proof of legal presence and ONE Primary Document and ONE Secondary Document or TWO Primary Documents from the list. A primary document must contain the full name and date of birth and must be verifiable, i.e., you must be able to contact the issuing agency to determine authenticity of the document. 

Replacements for Driver's License or ID Cards

To obtain a duplicate driver's license or identification card, you may go to any State Revenue Office.
There is a $10.00 fee for replacement of a driver's license/$5.00 for identification card. 

Click here to find your local Revenue Office.   

Driver's License Renewal
If you are in the State of Arkansas you may go to any Revenue Office within Arkansas. If you are temporarily outside the State of Arkansas, you will need to call Driver’s License Issuance 501-682-7059 to see if you qualify for a By Mail renewal.

Driver License and ID Cards for Adults
Arkansas driver's licenses or ID Cards can be obtained from your local revenue office.
Click here to find your local Revenue Office.

All applicants for an Arkansas driver’s license or identification card must provide a verifiable Social Security Number (SSN) when making application.  Applicants who are not eligible for a SSN must sign an affidavit stating they do not have a SSN.  The name you request for the driver’s license or ID card must match your name with the Social Security Administration.

All new applicants for an Arkansas driver's license or identification card are required to provide proof of legal presence in the United States as well as proof of identity.

To prove legal presence in the United States one of the following documents must be shown:

  • U.S. Passport/U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Visa
  • Photo Document from DHS -
    (Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration) -
    (No Border Crosser)
  • Photo Military/Military Dependent ID
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers
  • Naturalization Certificate 

If your name is different from what is on the Birth Certificate, you will need to bring a document which changes name, Marriage License, Divorce Decree, specifically stating that you may change your name, or a court order for name change.

For proof-of-identity to obtain driver's license or ID card, each applicant must show either:

  • Two (2) primary documents, or
  • One (1) primary document and one (1) secondary document.

All first-time driver's license applicants OR out-of-state transfers who have lost their license or whose license is expired over 31 days are required to test with the Arkansas State Police prior to applying for an Arkansas driver's license:

  • Pass Vision Exam

For applicants under 18 years of age:

  • Proof of School Enrollment
  • Proof of Grade Point Average of at least 2.0
  • Parent or Legal Guardian to the Testing Site

Primary Documents

  • Photo Driver License (cannot be expired more than thirty-one (31) days)
  • Certificate of Birth (US only)
    Must be original or certified copy, have a raised seal and be issued by the
    Bureau of Vital Statistics or State Board of Health.
  • INS Documents, as follows:
    Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570, or N-578).
    Certificate of Citizenship (N-560, N-561, or N-645).
    Resident Alien Card (I-151, I-551, AR-3, AR-3A, or AR-103).
  • Court Order:
    Must contain full name, date of birth and court seal.
    Examples include adoption document, name change document, or gender change document. Does not include abstract of criminal or civil conviction.
  • Military ID with photograph.
  • Military Dependent ID with photograph.
  • Valid Passport. If foreign, appropriate INS document is also required.
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers.

Secondary Documents

  • Photo Work/School ID
  • Vehicle Registration/Title
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Card/Indian Treaty Card
    (Tribal ID Card is NOT acceptable)
  • Court Order (Official Court Records Only)
  • Health Insurance Card (Issued by Insurance Company)
  • Tax Document received from IRS 
  • Marriage Certificate/License
  • Parent/Guardian Affidavit
    Parent/guardian must appear in person, prove his/her identity and submit a certified/notarized affidavit regarding the child's identity. Applies only to minors.
  • Concealed Handgun License
  • Pilot's License
  • Certified School Record/Transcript
  • Prison Release Document
  • Photo Work/School ID

If you are requesting a "Valid Without Photo" driver's license, that may only be obtained from the Driver's License Issuance office in Little Rock, Ragland Building, Room 2120. For additional information call 501-682-7059.

License Verification Letter and Clearance Letter from Arkansas
Call (501) 682-7059 or write:

Office of Driver Service
Driver's License Issuance
Room 2120
PO Box 1272
Little Rock, AR 72203

You must furnish full name, date of birth, license number and an address to send the letter to or a fax number. 
 
Vision Exam
Act 193 of 1989 provides that a person must have a minimum uncorrected (no glasses or contacts) visual acuity of 20/40 to qualify for an unrestricted driver's license. A person must have a minimum corrected (with glasses or contacts) visual acuity of 20/50 to qualify for a restricted licenses (drive with corrective lenses). A person with two functional eyes must have a field vision of 140 degrees. A person with one functional eye must have a field vision of 105 degrees. 

Problems with Insurance Verification  
The "not insured" status is indicated only if the insurance carrier has not reported your insurance policy or has sent a cancellation of that vehicle policy. There may also be an error in the information provided which must be corrected before reporting. Contact your insurance carrier for clarification.

Types of Licenses

Class A
Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Minimum age of 18.

Class B
Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more and any vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds. Minimum age of 18.

Class C
Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 or any such vehicles towing a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating not in excess of 10,000 pounds comprising: (1) vehicles designed to transport 16 passengers or more, including driver; (2) vehicles used in the transport of hazardous materials which are placarded. Minimum age of 18.

Class D
Any vehicle which is not a commercial vehicle as described above. Minimum age 14 restricted/16 unrestricted.

Class M
Any motorcycle with displaces more than 250 cc's. Minimum age 16.

Class MD
Any motor driven cycle, excluding motorized bicycles, which displaces 250 cc's or less. Minimum age 14. Expires on 16th birthday.

Military or Out-of-State Renewals and Replacements
If you are currently in the militaryor going to school out of state, or working out of state and have lost your license or need to renew, you may need to renew or obtain a replacement license via mail. Driver's License Issuance will take your request for the license over the phone. Upon receiving your application with instructions detailing your fee and any documents that you need to include for the license to be processed.

Call (501) 682-7059 or write:

Driver's License Issuance
Room 2120
P.O. Box 1272
Little Rock, AR 72203

Email: Supervisor

Driver's License or Identification Card Fees

Type of License Fee
Class D license (original or renewal) $20.00
Commercial drivers license (original or renewal) $42.00
Duplicate drivers license $10.00
Commercial drivers license test fee $50.00
Noncommercial drivers license test $5.00 per test 
(up to a maximum $15.00) 
State Identification Card $5.00

All first-time Arkansas licenses are issued for 4 years to expire on date of birth. This applicable fee is prorated for the first license to birth date. A noncommercial driver's license is $2.00 plus $.37 per month for the proration. A commercial driver's license is $2.00 plus $.83 per month for the proration. If a licensee is transferring from another state with a valid license, there is a $5.00 transfer fee in addition to the first-time license cost.

Licenses - 14 to 18 Years Old
If under 18, you will need to take a birth certificate, proof of enrollment in school, proof of grade point average of at least 2.0 and a parent or legal guardian to the testing site. If you are under 18 but have graduated from high school, you will need to show proof of your graduation (diploma) at the testing site. (For additional requirements and locations of testing sites, contact the Arkansas State Police at 501-618-8251.)

All persons 14 to 18 years of age must hold an A restriction (adult in car) for a minimum of 6 months before driving unrestricted. The six month time period begins on the date the person passes the written exam (the date the learner's permit is issued by the state police examiner).

Any person applying for a driver's license is required to show proof of legal presence and submit ONE Primary Document and ONE Secondary Document or TWO Primary Documents from the list. A primary document must contain the full name and date of birth and must be verifiable, i.e., you must be able to contact the issuing agency to determine authenticity of the document.

When School is Closed:
Contact your school, your school district office or the state Education Department.

For Home Schooled Children:
Contact the Department of Education at 501-682-1874.

Licenses - Over 18 Years Old
If you are over 18, the Arkansas State Police requires proof-of-age and identification before any portion of the exam is given.

Any person applying for a driver's license is required to show proof of legal presence and submit ONE Primary Document and ONE Secondary Document or TWO Primary Documents from the list. A primary document must contain the full name and date of birth and must be verifiable, i.e., you must be able to contact the issuing agency to determine authenticity of the document.

Graduated Licenses
Any person between the ages of 14 and 18 who has not been issued an Arkansas Driver's License will be issued a drivers license under the Arkansas Graduated Licensing Law (Act 1694 of 2001). The law mandates a progressive driver's licensing program for young drivers. Drivers are required to adhere to the restrictions at each level before they can move on to the next level. For more information call 501-682-7059.

The three levels of licensing are learners (must be at least 14 years of age), intermediate (must be at least 16 years of age) and regular licenses (must be at least 18 years of age).

Learners License
The learner's license is the beginning drivers' license issued to a person at least 14 years of age and will expire on the licensee's 16th birth date. Applicants may qualify for a learner's license by passing the written and road tests given by the Arkansas State Police, passing the vision exam and having no serious accidents or traffic convictions in the most recent six months.

(Serious accidents and traffic convictions are defined below.)

Restrictions on a learner's license are:

  • All passengers must have seats belts attached at all times.
  • Shall not use a cellular telephone or other interactive wireless communication device while driving except for an emergency purpose.
  • The driver must be accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
  • Upon the expiration of a learner's license (the person's 16th birthday), the person may apply for an intermediate driver's license.

Intermediate License
The intermediate license is issued to persons ages 16 to 18, and expires on the person's 18th birthday. Applicants who have a learner's license may move up to the intermediate license only if they have no serious accidents or serious traffic convictions within the most recent six months.

Passengers in a vehicle driven by a person with an intermediate license must have seat belts attached at all times. If the applicant for an intermediate license has an accident or serious traffic conviction within the most recent six months, he/she must retain the learner's license until such time that their record is clear of such accidents or traffic convictions for a six-month period. In this case, the re-issued learner's license will have an expiration date equal to the end of six months from the conviction or accident date. If, on that expiration date, no further accidents or serious violations have occurred, an intermediate license will be issued.

Note:
Any person under the age 18 must hold a restriction of an adult in the car for a minimum of six months. Therefore, if a person obtains his/her first license at age 17, (intermediate license) the license must have the adult restriction for a six-month period or until age 18. If the licensee has satisfied the six-month adult restriction, the intermediate license allows the licensee to drive alone.  A driver with an intermediate driver's license shall not use a cellular telephone or other interactive wireless communication device while driving except for an emergency purpose.

Applicants for an intermediate driver's license issued on or after July 31, 2009 are required to sign an acknowledgement they understand these restrictions:

  • Prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with more than one unrelated minor passenger unless accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
  • Prohibited from operating a motor vehicle between the hours of 11:00 pm and 4:00 am unless the licensee is: accompanied by a person 21 years of age or older; driving to or from a school activity, church-related activity, or job; or driving because of an emergency.

Regular License
A regular license is issued to a person at age 18 when the intermediate license expires. Applicants for a regular license must have a record without any serious accidents or serious traffic convictions within the most recent 12 months. If the applicant has such accident or conviction within the, most recent 12 months, he/she must retain the Intermediate license until such time that the record is free of these accidents/convictions for a period of 12 months.

The age restrictions in this program do not apply to a person 16 years of age or older if such person is (A) married, (B) possesses a high school diploma, (C) has successfully completed a General Education Development test, or (D) is enlisted in the United States Military.

Age Waiver (Hardship License)
Please contact your local Driver Control Office for an application for an Age Waiver. Applications will only be given to a parent or guardian. Applications will not be given to a minor.

Age waivers, (hardships), are issued for minors between the ages of 14-16 for the specific purposes of getting to and from school or school activities, to and from work, or for medical reasons. Prior to application, the minor must be licensed and must have 6 months experience beginning at the time the instruction permit was issued. There is an application that must be completed and can be obtained from your local Driver Control office. Along with the completed application this department must receive a letter from the parent/guardian explaining the hardship and specifying when and where the minor needs to drive without an adult. If the age waiver is requested for school or school activities, we must have a letter from the school, on school letterhead, verifying that bus service is not provided or that the child is involved in extracurricular activities that transportation is not provided for. If the age waiver is needed for medical reasons, we must have a letter from a physician explaining the illness or verifying the need for regularly scheduled appointments. If the age waiver is for work, we must have a letter from the employer verifying employment. Also, we must have a letter from an adult outside of the family who knows of the hardship and will state that the minor is mature enough to accept the responsibility of driving without an adult.

For additional information contact your local Driver Control office, or Little Rock Driver Control at 501-682-1631.

Note:
Drivers who are at least 18 years of age but less than 21 years of age may only use hands-free wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle.

Serious Accidents and Traffic Convictions
A serious accident means a reportable accident in which the driver is found at fault and the accident is placed on the driver's record by the Office of Driver Services.

A serious traffic conviction means any conviction where the driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle has, by court order or by administrative action been withdrawn OR any violation in which a driver has been found guilty of:

  • Any alcohol related moving traffic violation
  • Any seat belt violation
  • Any Commercial motor vehicle violation
  • Driving fifteen (15) or more miles per hour over the speed limit
  • Reckless driving
  • Negligent homicide
  • Using a vehicle to commit a felony
  • Failure to carry liability insurance
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Evading arrest
  • Fleeing by use of an automobile
  • Unsafe driving
  • Hazardous driving
  • Prohibited passing
  • Passing stopped school bus
  • Careless or negligent driving
  • Failure to obey a traffic signal or device
  • Failure to obey a railroad-crossing barrier
  • Racing on the highway
  • Driving with a suspended, revoked or cancelled license
  • Driving the wrong way down a one way street

Selective Service Registration Requirement
Act 78 of 2001 requires that any United States male citizen or immigrant who is at least 18 years of age, but less than 26 years of age, shall be registered for the United States Selective Service when applying for a regular drivers license, a commercial drivers license or an Identification Card. This registration is in compliance with section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U.S.C. et seq.

Replacement Driver's License or Identification Card
To obtain a duplicate driver's license or identification card, you may go to any State Revenue Office. It is recommended that you go to the office in your local area. Click here to find your local Revenue Office. There is a $10.00 fee for replacement of a driver's license or $5.00 for replacement of an identification card.

Out-of-State Renewal or Replacement License
Arkansas residents who are temporarily residing out-of-state needing to renew or replace their driver's license should contact Driver's License Issuance at 501-682-7059.

Transferring Driver's License from Another State
The requirements for obtaining an Arkansas drivers license will depend on the type of license you are bringing with you from the other state. At any local revenue office, an out-of-state license (not expired over 31 days, suspended, or revoked) may be surrendered in exchange for an Arkansas drivers license. If the out-of-state license is expired over 31 days or you do not have the license to surrender, you will be required to take the written and vision examination.  However, you will not be required to take the road examination. If the out-of-state license is expired over one year, you will be required to take the written, vision, and road examination. 

Also, Arkansas law requires persons obtaining a license for the first time or moving to Arkansas to show proof of legal presence in the United States. Acceptable documents are: a U.S. birth certificate, photo military/military dependent ID, Naturalization certificate, a U.S. passport / U.S. passport card or Visa, an Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) photo document. (Border Crosser documents are not acceptable.) You must also show two forms of identification.  Please see list above for acceptable documentation.

If name is different from what is on the Birth Certificate, applicant will bring document which changes name, Marriage License, or Divorce decree, specifically stating that you may change your name, or court order for name change.

All applicants for an Arkansas driver’s license or identification card must provide a verifiable Social Security Number (SSN) when making application.  Applicants who are not eligible for a SSN must sign an affidavit stating they do not have a SSN.  The name you request for the driver’s license or ID card must match your name with the Social Security Administration.

Change of Address
You may report a change-of-address on Class D licenses in person at any revenue office or via email or by mailing this form :

Driver's License Issuance
Room 2120
P.O. Box 1272
Little Rock, AR 72203

You must provide the following information:

  • Name as it appears on your driver's license;
  • driver's license number; date of birth;
  • issue date;
  • expiration date;
  • old address and new address.

You are not required by law to obtain a new Noncommercial Class D license upon an address change.  However, if you do want to change the address on your driver’s license or ID card you may purchase a duplicate card with the new address. The word duplicate will be included on this new card.

New Address for CDL's
If you have a Commercial license, it will be necessary for you to go to the local Revenue Office and buy a duplicate license with the new address.

Driving Privileges after DWI/DUI 
Upon arrest a law enforcement officer will give the person an Official Driver’s License Receipt and Notice of Suspension/Revocation of Driving Privilege.  The law enforcement officer will take the driver’s license.  The Notice will also allow the person to drive for the next thirty days (if they have a valid license). The Notice will inform the person that they have seven days to request an administrative hearing to determine if they were driving while intoxicated, or registered a .08% BAC, or refused the BAC test.  Also, the Notice gives instructions to the licensee to contact Driver Control, or request a hearing to determine their eligibility for an interlock restricted license, or a restricted permit.  If at the hearing, the person is found to driving while intoxicated, or registered a BAC .08%, or refused the BAC test the driver’s license will be suspended for 6 months for 1st offense DWI, and/or 180 days for 1st offense Refuse Test.  Suspension for 2 years for a 2nd offense within 5 years, suspension for 30 months for 3rd offense within 5 years, and revocation for 4 years for 4th offense DWI within 5 years.  Revocation permanently for 4 offense Refuse Test within 5 years.  Prior to reinstatement a person must have completed an approved drug and alcohol education or treatment program for each DWI/Refusal offense on the person’s record, and must pay a reinstatement fee of $150.00 per offense.

Suspended Driving Privileges in Another State
You will need to contact the state where you are suspended and ask them what you will need to provide them to have the situation resolved.

Arkansas Suspended License
Arkansas' Administrative Point System is used to identify problem drivers. Points are assigned for various traffic violations ranging from failure to obey a traffic signal (3 points), reckless driving (8 points) and speeding 0-10 (3 points). A computer program searches all the driver records weekly and identifies the records which have fallen within a preset range for various sanctions. For example, 10-13 points a warning letter is issued telling the driver to be careful; 14 or more points a notice is sent to the licensee advising them of a proposed suspension action and advising them that they may have a hearing to discuss the proposed action. Persons with 14 to 17 points may be suspended for three months; 18 to 23 points may be suspended for six months; and 24 or more points may be suspended for one year. A hearing is automatically scheduled and they are subject to the Hearing officer's discretion, which ranges from no action, probation, restriction or suspension. If the licensee fails to attend hearing, the licensee is automatically suspended.

Information About Another Person's License History
No information can be released to anyone unless it is the licensee; a person who has written permission from a licensee; or a traffic court, law enforcement, or governmental agency who has a need for such information to perform their required duties.

Driver Record Hearing Officers
Hearing Officers are available to discuss your driving record at the following cities. Call to arrange an appointment. Click here to find your local  Driver Services Office.

Personal Driving Record
Arkansas driving records are governed by Arkansas code section 27-50-901 et. Seq. The statutes are more restricted in the release of information than the Federal Privacy Protection Act. Your driving records have been and continue to be confidential. They can only be released under certain exceptions. The exceptions include when a release is given to you by others. The Driving Record Release Form must be signed and dated and include your name, driver's license number, date of birth and the name of the person whom the information is to be released to. This release will remain in effect for 5 years, unless you file a written withdrawal.

You may obtain a copy of your record in the following ways:

  • Order online.
  • Pick up a record at any Arkansas Revenue Office.
  • Pick up a record at the Little Rock Driving Records Office located at Room 1130, Charles D. Ragland Building, 1900 West 7th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.
  • Request by mail by sending request and payment to: Driving Records, Room 1130, Post Office Box 1272, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.

The charge for obtaining a copy of your driver’s license record is:

  • Online payment is $10.00 for an insurance record which covers a three (3) year period or $13.00 for an employment or commercial driver record which may contain information for longer than the three year period.
  • Records picked up or mailed will be $7.00 for the insurance record or $10.00 for the employment or commercial driver’s record.