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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Arkansas
NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Arkansas driver's license:
- Applicants must be 14 years or older.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. Driving tests are conducted by the state police in each county. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide two acceptable proofs of identification.
- Applicants must provide proof of and legal presence.
Arkansas residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the tests. New residents must also provide proof of identification, residency and presence.
Non-US citizens residing in Arkansas may apply for an Arkansas driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that an Arkansas driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The cost for a non-commercial (Class D) Arkansas driver's license is $20. If transferring residence from another state, there is an additional transfer fee of $5. Testing for non-commercial licenses is $5 per required test.
The validity of an Arkansas driver's license is four years and may be prorated to the holder's birthday immediately after completion of four years on payment of $2 + $0.37 per month of prorating.
In the graduated licensing program for young drivers, the 12-14 age group is eligible for a Learner's License which expires on the holder's sixteenth birthday. On meeting certain requirements by this date, the holder is upgraded to the intermediate level till his/her 18th birthday. Thereafter, the individual is eligible for a regular license.
In Arkansas, a learner's license is the starting level in the graduated license program for young drivers between 14 and 16 years of age. With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Arkansas with a learner's license. See more information on learner's licenses here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Arkansas.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.