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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Arkansas

Arkansas first-time drivers require a new driving license to operate a motor vehicle. Drivers new to Arkansas have 30 days to transfer their out-of-state credentials from the time they establish residency. New drivers license applicants must be 14 years of age or older and provide the required identification documents, including proof of school attendance. Qualified applicants must also pass a drivers exam to obtain credentials from the Arkansas DFA.

Did you know? Arkansas drivers license applicants who take our premium practice permit test are 5x more likely to pass the written drivers test.

How to Apply for an Arkansas Driver's License:

  • Be at least 14 years of age.
  • Provide proof of school attendance and grade point average, along with parental consent if under 18 years of age.
  • Provide the appropriate documents proving identity and legal presence in the U.S.
  • Pay the required fee.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Finance issues driving licenses for the legal operation of various types of vehicles, including commercial trucks and motorcycles. The following are the classifications of DMV drivers licenses available to residents:

  • Class D license - non-restricted drivers license available to applicants 18 years of age and older.
  • Class M license - non-restricted motorcycle license issued to applicants 16 years of age and older.
  • Class MD license - restricted license to drive issued to applicants 14 to 16 years of age who have fulfilled the requirements of an instruction permit.
  • Motorized bicycle certificate - restricted certificate issued to applicants 14 years of age and older, which restricts the driver to only operating motorized bicycles or motorcycles with a displacement of 50 centimeters or less.
  • Commercial drivers license - issued to drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Arkansas

Arkansas new drivers license applicants younger than 18 years of age must fulfill requirements set by the Graduated Driver License program. A resident may apply for an instruction drivers permit at 14 years of age to practice operating a car while accompanied by a licensed adult. AR driving permit and driving license applicants younger than 18 years of age must get permission from their parents. They must also provide documents that prove that they attend school and that their grade point average meets the minimum requirement. Additionally, to obtain a license to drive in Arkansas, teen drivers must pass a written test and a road skills test.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Arkansas New Drivers (Over 18)

Residents seeking new drivers licenses who are 18 years of age and older will have to pass the Arkansas written drivers test and road skills assessment. New residents can transfer their driving license from their previous state of residency without having to take a knowledge test or road test, if they meet the minimum requirements.

AR Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Adult first-time drivers license applicants must pass the written knowledge test in order to qualify for a license to drive in Arkansas. To prepare yourself for the exam, take a practice test that will give you an idea of what to expect on test day. Our DMV driving practice test will give you the advantage you need to pass the drivers exam on the first try.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in AR

To apply for driving licenses in Arkansas, residents will need to supply the appropriate documentation:

  • Proof of identity.
  • A verifiable Social Security Number.
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of Arkansas residency.

AR Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Getting drivers licenses in Arkansas requires applicants to meet the age, identity, legal presence and testing requirements. Adults applying for drivers licenses for the first time must possess an instruction permit. Possession of a learners permit indicates that the drivers license applicant has completed the written drivers test qualification. To get a non-restricted AR driving license, the applicant must pass a road test administered by the Arkansas State Police.

AR Written/Driving Test

New drivers license applicants in Arkansas will have to complete a written drivers exam. To prepare for the test, applicants must study the Arkansas Driver License Study Guide. The manual contains the material on road signs, alcohol awareness and more. The best way to ensure that you learn the information is to take a driving permit pretest. Our online practice driving test is the perfect source for questions similar to those that will appear on the live test.

AR Driving Test

The Arkansas DMV drivers license test measures your ability to operate a car in a proper and safe manner. Applicants will be graded on the following guidelines:

  • Familiarity with the controls.
  • Ability to obey traffic laws, including speed limits.
  • Ability to adjust to road conditions, i.e. school zones.
  • Ability to watch out for other cars and pedestrians.

Before the test commences, the examiner will verify that the vehicle used for your road skills test is safe and legal to drive. You will need to provide proof of vehicle registration and auto insurance.

New Arkansas Resident

New drivers license applicants who are first-time Arkansas residents must transfer their out-of-state credentials at a Department of Finance local revenue office. New Arkansas residents must obtain an in-state license to drive within 30 days of establishing residency. Applicants must relinquish a valid out-of-state drivers license not expired for more than 31 days in order to waive the written and vision test requirements. Individuals whose driving license has been expired for longer than one year will need to take the written, vision and road examinations.

In addition to transferring their DMV drivers licenses, new residents will also need to title and register their vehicle with the AR DFA. The vehicle registration and title transfer application process involves presenting an invoice or bill of sale along with proof of auto insurance, among other documentation.

Replace Drivers License in Arkansas

The Arkansas drivers license replacement process can be completed at any local state revenue office. Click here for more information on how to replace lost drivers licenses.

Locate a DMV in Arkansas

Find a DMV office in Arkansas today. Visit our AR DMV location page to view a listing of Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration branches, including driver testing facilities.

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