Learner’s and Intermediate License

The Graduated Driver License program was developed to allow teens to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges (Act 394, 2009). This law provides for teen driver’s licenses in three levels: learner’s license, intermediate license and unrestricted/regular license. 

Learner’s license is for ages 14-15. The licensee is authorized to operate a motor vehicle if accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older. Eligibility for an intermediate license is contingent on no serious traffic violations or at fault accidents during the previous 6 months.

Intermediate license is for ages 16-17. The licensee is authorized to operate a non-commercial motor vehicle. At 18 years-of-age teens are eligible to apply for a regular, unrestricted, driver’s license, contingent on a clean driving record for the previous year.

Fees:

License Type

License Fee:

Expires:

Renewal Eligibility

Learner’s License

Prorated

1 month past the licensee’s 16th birthday

On or after 16th birthday

Intermediate

Prorated

1 month past the licensee’s 18th birthday

On or after 18th birthday

Class D (Ages 18-21)

Prorated

1 month past the licensee’s 21st birthday

On or after 21st birthday

Endorsements:

Endorsement Code

Description

MD

The licensee is authorized to operate a motor-driven cycle which displaces two-hundred fifty cubic centimeters (250 CC) or less.

Restrictions:

Restriction Code

Description

2

Act 394 of 2009 

3

With licensed adult 21+ (Learner’s license or Intermediate without 6 months driving experience)

5

Seatbelt on all passengers

 

Arkansas residents who are 16-17 years of age may receive an unrestricted Class D license before their 18th birthday if one of the following conditions are met:

Waiver Type-

MUST HAVE 6 MONTHS DRIVING EXPERIENCE 

Description

Emancipated

16 and older. Must be legally emancipated.

Graduated

16 and older. Must present high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Married

16 and older. Must present marriage certificate / license.

Military

16 and older. Must have already enlisted in U.S. military.