Driver Control

Information About Another Person's License
No information can be released to anyone other than the licensee, a person who has written permission from a licensee, or a traffic court, law enforcement, or governmental agency which has a business need for such information.

Driver Control Hearing Officer Locations and Phone Numbers
If you need more information about Driver Control, please call 501-682-1631.
Please click here for a list of all locations.

Driver's License Suspension

Suspension of Driving Privileges in Another State
You will need to contact the state where your license is suspended and ask them what you need to provide them to resolve the situation.

Arkansas' Administrative Point System
Arkansas' Administrative Point System is used to identify problem drivers. A point range of 3 – 14 points are assessed to all moving violations, depending on the severity of the violation. A speeding ticket for speed less than 15mph over the limit would be assessed 3 points, but a reckless driving violation would be assessed 8 points. When a ticket is added to a driver’s record that puts the driver at the threshold of 10-13 points, a warning letter is generated and mailed to the driver so that the driver will know that he/she could suffer driver license sanctions if additional violations continue to accumulate on the record. When 14 or more points are accumulated, a notice is sent to the licensee to advise 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; those with 18 to 23 points may be suspended for six months; and those with 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, to probation, restriction or, ultimately, suspension. If the licensee fails to attend the hearing, the licensee is automatically suspended.

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, the 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, a letter from the school, on school letterhead is required.  The letter should verify that no bus service or transportation is provided for the child's transportation to and from extracurricular activities. If the age waiver is needed for medical reasons, a letter from a physician explaining the illness or verifying the need for regularly scheduled appointments is required. If the age waiver is for work, a letter from the employer verifying employment is required. In addition, 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.

License Problems

DUI, DWI, Court Orders, Violations
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, 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. At the hearing, if the person is found to have been driving while intoxicated, registered a BAC of .08%, or refused the BAC test, the person's driver’s license will be suspended for 6 months for a 1st offense DWI, and/or 180 days for 1st offense Refuse Test. Suspension for 2 years occurs for a 2nd offense within 5 years and, suspension for 30 months results for a 3rd offense within 5 years.  Revocation for 4 years occurs for a 4th offense DWI within 5 years. Permanent revocation occurs for a 4th offense Refuse Test within 5 years. Prior to reinstatement, a person must have completed an approved drug and alcohol education or treatment program, and must attend a Victim Impact Panel for each DWI/Refusal offense on the person’s record.  A  reinstatement fee of $150.00 per offense. A person will be required to have an interlock device installed in their vehicle for a period of time equal to the driver license suspension time for any alcohol related DWI offense.

Offenses that occur in a motorboat will carry the same penalties as if the offense occurred in a motor vehicle.