Article discussing drivers ed in AR. When driver education courses are mandatory, benefits and costs, who offers classes, etc.
New drivers in Arkansas are not required to complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain an Arkansas driver's license. However, a lot of applicants choose to complete a driver's education course as part of their actual driver's license application.
WHO MUST TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
Driver Education is not mandatory in Arkansas.
WHERE TO TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
Although driver's education is not mandatory in Arkansas, there are many courses are offered through both public and private school programs, and in driving schools, licensed by the Department of Finance and Administration.
WHAT'S COVERED IN A DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSE
While driver's education courses vary from one course to another, all licensed programs usually include the following components:
- Classroom periods focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation.
- In-car instruction sessions with a qualified instructor.
In addition to the core requirements of a driver's education course, many driving schools in Arkansas offer optional programs that focus on particular aspects of driver education. Specialized courses include Auto Insurance Discount Courses or Defensive Driving courses, either of which may qualify students for a discount on auto insurance. These and other courses may also enable students to reduce points on their license, and/or get their license back sooner after a suspension. See our section on Arkansas driving schools for more information.