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Arkansas Driver License

To obtain an Arkansas driver’s license you should apply to the DFA Revenue Office.

Firstly, pass the Arkansas drivers license test and the Arkansas drivers license practice test. Then, every 4 years permit the Arkansas driver’s license renewal.

So, if you meet the Arkansas drivers license requirements choose one of the following license types that is more suitable for you:

  1. The Learner License. You can apply for this license if you are from 14 to 16 years old. This license will allow you to drive under the supervision of your parent or someone, who is at least 21 years old.
  2. Intermediate Driver’s License. If you already have a learner license for at least 6 months, you can apply for the intermediate license.
  3. Full Driver’s License. If you are going to apply for your DL for the first time, you should be at least 18 years old. But if you already have an intermediate driver’s license, you can just upgrade your license when you turn 21.

There are 6 types of driver’s licenses. But, the most common types are class D and class M. Class D driver’s license is the usual license you need to drive non-commercial vehicles. You may apply for the DL class D if you are 14.

Class M allows you to operate any motorcycle with displaces more than 250 cc’s. You can apply for the license if you are a minimum of 16 years old.

For more information scroll down or use the Arkansas driver’s license requirements lookup in the licensesearch.org website.

Arkansas Driver License Types

In the state of Arkansas, there are almost 6 types of driver’s license classes, and for each license type, there’s a corresponding type of instruction permit.

Class D driver license

In short, the class D driver’s license is the usual license you need to drive non-commercial vehicles. You may apply for the DL class D if you are 14. To learn more use the Arkansas drivers license requirements lookup in the licensesearch.org website.

Class A Driver License

To clarify, class A allows you to operate any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the GVWR of the vehicles being towed is more than 10,000 pounds.

Class B Driver License

To clarify, with the Class B driver’s license you can drive any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more and towing a vehicle, not above 10,000 pounds.

Class C Driver License

That is to say, class C is for any vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 and towing a vehicle with a GVWR, not above 10,000 pounds, transporting 16 passengers or more, including driver or hazardous materials.
These A, B, C license types are called the commercial driver license.

Class M Driver License

In short, class M allows you to operate any motorcycle with displaces more than 250 cc’s. You can apply for the license if you are a minimum of 16 years old.

Class MD Driver License

On the other hand, the class MD driver’s license will allow you to drive any motor-driven cycle, excluding motorized bicycles, which displaces 250 cc’s or less. You can apply for the license if you are a minimum of 14 years old.

Arkansas Driver License Requirements

To be able to apply for the Arkansas driver’s license you should firstly apply for the instruction permit. After that, you can apply and obtain any type of license depending on your age.

In the state of Arkansas, there are 3 main types of licenses you can obtain:

  1. The Learner License. You can apply for this license if you are from 14 to 16 years old. This license will allow you to drive under the supervision of your parent or someone, who is at least 21 years old.
  2. Intermediate Driver’s License. If you already have a learner license for at least 6 months, you can apply for the intermediate license.
  3. Full Driver’s License. If you are going to apply for your DL for the first time, you should be at least 18 years old. But if you already have an intermediate driver’s license, you can just upgrade your license when you turn 21.

The Learner License

To obtain a learner license, firstly you should obtain an instruction permit. This will let you get a driving experience. You will be able to drive a car under the supervision of at least 21 years old driver.

How to apply

Before you’re able to apply for the learner’s license, you should apply for the instruction permit at Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration:

  1. Firstly, visit your state police testing site to take the written test. It’d be better to schedule the exam day before.
  2. Secondly, pass a vision test. You should have a minimal uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 for an unrestricted license, and a minimal corrected visual acuity of 20/70 for a restricted license.
  3. Thirdly, pass a written knowledge exam.
  4. After that take a photo of yourself.
  5. Pay $40 for your permit and apply to the local DFA Revenue Office.

The required documents

  • a. An original or a certified copy of your Birth Certificate.
  • b. The signature of your parent (parent must be present with a State Driver’s License or State ID).
  • c. And, proof of school attendance, GED or high school diploma (no online diplomas accepted). Your GPA should be at least 2.0.

Get your Learner License

After getting your instruction permit:

  1. Firstly, practice supervised driving.
  2. Secondly, pass the road test. You can schedule and pass the road test after 30 days when you receive your permit.
  3. After that, submit your permit to the DFA Revenue Office and get your Learner License.

But, at least 6 months you should drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21. If you are able and want to drive alone your parent can apply to your local Driver Control Office for a hardship waiver for you.

Intermediate Driver’s License

If you already have a learner’s license, you can apply for the intermediate license. This will let you drive till 21, but with some restrictions:

  • The first 6 months you should drive under the supervision of a licensed driver who is at least 21.
  • You cannot drive from 11 PM to 4 AM alone. But if you are returning from work, school or church it is allowed to drive. And, you cannot drive with more than one passenger who is under 18, if they are not your siblings.

How to apply

  1. Firstly, visit your local DFA Revenue Office and apply for DL in person.
  2. Secondly, take a photo of yourself.
  3. Thirdly, pay $40 and receive your intermediate license.

The required documents

  • Learner’s license,
  • Social Security Number verification,
  • Proof of your identity,
  • Proof of your date of birth, and
  • Proof of your legal presence in the States.

Full Driver’s License

If you are 18 and already have an intermediate license, you can just upgrade it and obtain a Class D full driver’s license. But, if you are going to apply for the DL for the first time, here are the steps.

How to apply

To be able to apply for the full driver’s license you should first obtain an instruction permit:

  1. Firstly, visit your state police testing site to take the written test. Schedule the exam day before.
  2. Secondly, pass a vision test. You should have a minimal uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 for an unrestricted license, and a minimal corrected visual acuity of 20/70 for a restricted license.
  3. Thirdly, pass a written knowledge test.
  4. Take a photo of yourself.
  5. After that, get your instruction permit.

The required documents

  • Social Security Number verification,
  • Proof of your identity,
  • Proof of your date of birth, and
  • Proof of your legal presence in the States.

Then, continue with the following:

  1. Pass a road test,
  2. Apply for your full DL at your local DFA Revenue Office,
  3. Take a photo of yourself, and
  4. Pay $40 for your license.

The required documents

To pass the road test you will need to bring a licensed vehicle with the documents. And, with you should come to a driver, who is 21 and has a valid DL. Moreover, you will need to submit all the documents that are required for the instruction permit plus the instruction permit that you already have.

Arkansas Driver’s License Renewal

You should renew your full Class D driver’s license every 4 years.

It is impossible to do it by mail or online.

So, to renew your driver’s license in Arkansas, you should visit your local DFA Revenue Office.

  1. Firstly, you should pay any unpaid traffic tickets or traffic fines in advance.
  2. Secondly, bring your license.
  3. It may be required to take a vision test or a written knowledge test.
  4. After that, pay $40 and take your renewed license.

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