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Welcome to our Online Guide for the Arkansas DMV, otherwise known as the AR Department of Motor Vehicles.  Here, you will find tons of helpful information about the Arkansas DMV.  To get started, please choose an option from our menu now or read below for our Arkansas frequently asked questions.  

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Arkansas DMV Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to GoDMV.com’s Arkansas DMV Information Guide.  From this page you can choose from our menu of Arkansas online driver services or learn about a specific topic related to Arkansas driving. 

Our Arkansas DMV Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) contain the following sections:

  • Arkansas driver license information
  • Arkansas vehicle registration
  • Arkansas vehicle title issues
Choose from the menu now or read below for our Arkansas Driver Frequently Asked Questions.

The DMV, or “Department of Motor Vehicles,” is often the generic term used for the agency that enforced driver license laws in a State.  The agency responsible for administering driver license laws in Alabama is the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Driver Services.  The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Motor Vehicle oversees vehicle registration, title and lien perfection, which are used in the Arkansas State Revenue Offices.

Arkansas is a busy place; hundreds of thousands of residents are in transit every day, traveling from Little Rock to Fayetteville, and everywhere in between.  Drivers as young as 14 years old populate the Arkansas roadways, and with the heavy amount of commercial traffic flowing through the state, drivers need to be aware and alert at all times.  Keep up to date with changing legislation and bylaws through our website, and avoid any potential legal hassles! Also, find answers to those hard-to-find driver license and registration questions.

Please use the information and frequently asked questions below to navigate at your convenience.  Our goal is create a resource that will address your needs every time that you visit.


Arkansas DMV Driver’s License FAQs

  1. What agency in Arkansas provides driver licenses?
  2. What are the age requirements for getting an Arkansas driver’s permit or driver’s license (noncommercial)?
  3. What are the restrictions for an Arkansas driver’s permit or driver’s license?
  4. What documents are necessary to obtain an Arkansas driver’s permit or driver’s license?
  5. If I changed my name, how do I change my name on my Arkansas driver’s license with the Arkansas DMV?
  6. If I changed my address, how do I notify the Arkansas DMV, so I can change the address shown on my Class D noncommercial driver’s license?
  7. Do I have to report a car accident to the Arkansas DMV?

1.What agency in Arkansas provides driver’s licenses?

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Driver Services, administers the issuance of driver’s licenses (it’s the “Arkansas DMV”).  You can obtain an Arkansas driver’s license at any local revenue office.

2.What are the age requirements for getting an Arkansas driver’s permit or driver’s license (noncommercial)?

You may obtain an Arkansas learners license at age 14, an Arkansas intermediate driver’s license at age 16 and an Arkansas regular driver’s license at age 18.  These Arkansas driver’s licenses are obtained from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Driver Services, which is the “Arkansas DMV.”


3.What are the restrictions for an Arkansas driver’s permit or driver’s license?

Like many states, Arkansas has adopted a graduated licensing system, which means you will be subject to less driving restrictions as you get older and more experience with driving.  There are three stages of the Arkansas graduated licensing system: learners license, intermediate license, regular license.

Arkansas Learners License
Age: You must be 14 years old, and the license will expire at age 16.
Driving Restrictions: (a) you must pass the Arkansas State Police driver test, (b) when driving you must have a passenger who is at least 21 years old, (c) all passengers in the car must wear a seatbelt, and (d) you must not have a traffic conviction or serious action within 6 months before applying

Arkansas Intermediate Driver’s License
Age: You must be at least 16 years old, and the license will expire at age 18
Driving Restrictions: (a) you must have obtained an Arkansas learners license OR pass the Arkansas State Police driver test, (b) all passengers in the car must wear a seatbelt, (c) you must not have a traffic conviction or a serious accident within 6 months before applying, and (d) IF you are under 18 and it is your first license, a licensed adult who is 21 years or older must be in the car for at least 6 months, starting from the day you pass the written exam.

Arkansas Regular  Driver’s License
Age: You must be at least 18 years old
Driving Restrictions: (a) you must have had an Arkansas intermediate driver’s license or passed the Arkansas State Police test, and (b) you must not have a traffic conviction or serious accident within 12 months before applying.

NOTE: it is possible to qualify for a regular driver’s license at age 16 if you are married, in the military or you have a high school diploma or a GED.

4.What documents are necessary to obtain an Arkansas driver’s permit or driver’s license?

Each applicant for a driver’s license must prove both proof of legal presence in the United States and documents establishing personal identification.

Each applicant must show either: (a) an Arkansas driver’s license or identification card with a photo, or (b) two (2) primary documents, or (c) one (1) primary document and one (1) secondary document.

Primary Documents (contain full name, date of birth and be verifiable) include:

  • An out of state driver’s license or identification card with photograph
  •  U.S. Birth Certificate
  • INS Documents with photograph (No Border Crosser)
  • Valid Passport (if foreign, INS card or US Visa required)
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Court Order �" the court order must have your full name, date of birth and court seal. This Includes adoption name changes, gender change.
  • Photo Military/Military Dependent ID
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers

Secondary Documents include:

  • Photo Work/School ID
  • Motor Vehicle Registration/Title
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Card/Indian Treaty Card (No Tribal Card)
  • Marriage License
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser, HMO, etc. (Medicaid card NOT acceptable.)
  • IRS/State Tax Forms (W-2 NOT acceptable)
  • Court Order (Date of Birth not present)
  • Medical Records (from Doctor/Hospital)
  • Concealed Handgun License
  • Cert. School Transcript
  • Pilot's License
  • Parent/Guardian Affidavit (the guardian or parent is required to appear in person, prove his or her identity and provide a certified/notarized affidavit regarding the child's identity.  This requirement applies to minors only)
  • Court Records
  • Prison Release Document

To prove legal presence in the United States, you must show one of these:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Visa
  • Photo Document from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration-(No Border Crosser)
  • Photo Military/Military Dependent ID
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers

YOU MAY COMBINE IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS AND LEGAL PRESENCE DOCUMENTS

You may use your documentation of legal presence in the U.S. as proof of identification too.  For example, if you show a United States birth certificate as your legal presence documentation, it can also be your primary documentation of identification, meaning you will only have to provide a secondary document of identification.

IF YOU ARE UNDER 18

If you are under the age of 18, you must also need to provide a birth certificate, proof of enrollment in school, and proof of grade point average of no less than a 2.0 and a parent or legal guardian must accompany you to the legal testing site.  If you are under 18 but you are a high school graduate, you must prove graduation (with a diploma) at the testing location.

IF YOU CHANGED YOUR NAME

If you currently have a name that differs from the name that was on your birth certificate, you will have to bring an official document that changes your name, or a marriage license, or divorce decree that specifically states that you may change your name, or a court order for a name change.

5.If I changed my name, how do I change my name on my Arkansas driver’s license with the Arkansas DMV?

To change the name on your driver’s license after a legal name change, you must bring your current Arkansas driver’s license, along with a divorce decree or marriage license specifically stating you may change your name, or a court order for a name change, to your local revenue office, and pay the cost of a duplicate license.


6.If I changed my address, how do I notify the Arkansas DMV, so I can change the address shown on my Class D noncommercial driver’s license?

To change this address with the Arkansas DMV, you can report the change to your local revenue office.  

You can also send mail to:

Office of Driver Service
Driver's License Issuance
Room 2120
P.O. Box 1272
Little Rock, AR 72203

You will be required to provide:

  • Your name (as it appears on your driver’s license)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your driver’s license number
  • The issue date of your driver’s license
  • The expiration date of your driver’s license
  • Your old address and your new address

If your name is now different from what is on your Birth Certificate, you will need to bring a document which changes name, such as a Marriage License or Divorce Decree that specifically states that you may change your name, or court order for name change.

7.Do I have to report a car accident to the Arkansas DMV?

Yes.  If you are involved in a car accident in which damage to the property of any one person exceeds $1,000.00 or results in injury or death of any person regardless of who is at fault, you must provide a Safety Responsibility SR-1 accident report within thirty (30) days to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.  You can contact the Safety Responsibility office at 501-682-7098 for the form.  Alternatively, you can obtain the form on the Department of Finance and Administration website.




Arkansas DMV Vehicle Registration FAQs


  1. Where do I go to register my motor vehicle in Arkansas?
  2. What are the prerequisites for registering a vehicle in Arkansas?
  3. Am I required to provide proof of liability insurance to register my vehicle in Arkansas?
  4. What fees and/or taxes must I pay when I register/title my vehicle in Arkansas?
  5. If I have lived in Arkansas and just bought a car, how many days do I have to title and register the vehicle?
  6. If I recently moved to Arkansas from another state, how long do I have to register my vehicle?

1.Where do I go to register my motor vehicle in Arkansas?

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Motor Vehicle is responsible for motor vehicle registration.  You can apply at any Arkansas Revenue Office.

2.What are the prerequisites (what must I provide) for registering a vehicle in Arkansas?

To register/title your vehicle in Arkansas, you must provide the following:

  • VIN verification for vehicles with out of state titles that are branded with designations of salvage, prior salvage or similar designations.  A certified law enforcement officer in Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police or its designee may provide the inspection.
  • If a new vehicle, the manufacturer’s certificate of origin assigned to the buyer
  • If a used vehicle, the previous owner’s title assigned to the buyer
  • A bill of sale or invoice showing the full purchase price including trade-in info (must include VIN of the trade-in and amount of trade-in allowance)
  • Odometer Statement (federal guidelines require both buyer and seller sign a odometer disclosure statement on vehicles less than 10 years old)
  • If the control number on the back of the previous owner’s title (from Arkansas) is under 3003001 or an out of state title is being surrendered, you must provide a conforming odometer statement and separate bill of sale (obtain forms at any Arkansas Revenue Office)
  • If you are surrendering an Arkansas title and the control number is 3003001 or greater, the bill of sale and odometer statement on the back of the title is sufficient if it is filled out properly and fully completed.
  • If you financed the purchase of the vehicle, you must provide a signed copy of the lien contract
  • Documentation from your county assessor to show the vehicle has been assessed or listed for assessment for the current year.
  • Proof that personal property taxes due by the previous October 10th have been paid. You can provide certification of payment stamped on your assessment papers or a receipt from your county tax collector.
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage
  • If you want to transfer your license plate from your previous vehicle, a current registration certificate

3.Am I required to provide proof of liability insurance to register my vehicle in Arkansas?

Yes.  To register the vehicle with Arkansas, you must provide proof of liability insurance coverage on the vehicle.

4.What fees and/or taxes must I pay when I register/title my vehicle in Arkansas?

You will be required to pay the following:

  • Sales tax, registration and title fees: the state sales and use tax is 6%, and it is 7% for Texarkana residents, of the taxable price of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers with a gross purchase price of $2500 or more.  This tax is computer on the total delivery price including freight charges, extra equipment and rebate.  Federal Excise Tax is not included.  Extended warranted are taxable even if the vehicle is not taxable.
  • Local taxes may be due depending on place of residence.
  • Check the Department website for credits related to trade-ins, vehicles sold, and balloon notes.

5.If I have lived in Arkansas and just bought a car, how many days do I have to title and register the vehicle?

To avoid penalties, you must apply to register and title your vehicle within thirty (30) calendar days of the date of transfer, or within thirty (30) calendar days of the date upon which a prior lien was released, whichever date is later.

6.If I recently moved to Arkansas from another state, how long do I have to register my vehicle?

After becoming a resident of Arkansas, you have thirty (30) calendar days to register your vehicle in Arkansas.





Arkansas DMV Vehicle Title FAQs

  1. Does Arkansas require my vehicle to be titled?
  2. Where do I get an Arkansas certificate of title?
  3. When must I get my vehicle titled in Arkansas?
  4. What are the prerequisites (what must I provide) for titling a vehicle in Arkansas?

1.Does Arkansas require my vehicle to be titled?

Yes, you must title a motor vehicle in the State of Arkansas.

2.Where do I get an Arkansas certificate of title?

You can obtain an Arkansas certificate of title from your local Arkansas Revenue Office.

3.When must I get my vehicle titled?

To avoid penalties, you must apply for vehicle title in Arkansas within thirty (30) days of the date of transfer, or within thirty (30) calendar days of the date upon which a prior lien has been released, whichever date is later.


4.What are the prerequisites (what must I provide) for titling a vehicle in Arkansas?

To title your vehicle in Arkansas, you must provide the following:

  • VIN verification for vehicles with out of state titles that are branded with designations of salvage, prior salvage or similar designations.  A certified law enforcement officer in Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police or its designee may provide the inspection.
  • If a new vehicle, the manufacturer’s certificate of origin assigned to the buyer
  • If a used vehicle, the previous owner’s title assigned to the buyer
  • A bill of sale or invoice showing the full purchase price including trade-in info (must include VIN of the trade-in and amount of trade-in allowance)
  • Odometer Statement (federal guidelines require both buyer and seller sign a odometer disclosure statement on vehicles less than 10 years old)
  • If the control number on the back of the previous owner’s title (from Arkansas) is under 3003001 or an out of state title is being surrendered, you must provide a conforming odometer statement and separate bill of sale (obtain forms at any Arkansas Revenue Office)
  • If you are surrendering an Arkansas title and the control number is 3003001 or greater, the bill of sale and odometer statement on the back of the title is sufficient if it is filled out properly and fully completed.
  • If you financed the purchase of the vehicle, you must provide a signed copy of the lien contract
  • Documentation from your county assessor to show the vehicle has been assessed or listed for assessment for the current year.
  • Proof that personal property taxes due by the previous October 10th have been paid. You can provide certification of payment stamped on your assessment papers or a receipt from your county tax collector.
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage
  • If you want to transfer your license plate from your previous vehicle, a current registration certificate

 

 
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