Name Change On An Arkansas Drivers License

Have you recently gotten married, divorced, or had to change your legal name? The state OMV recommends that you change the name on your Arkansas drivers license as soon as possible. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many OMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America;. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the OMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local OMV.

3: Via a OMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local OMV office. Varying OMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the OMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your OMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

The process for a change of name on an Arkansas driver’s license is not yet available online or through the mail. There will be a fee charged to process a name change on your Arkansas drivers license, so you need to ensure you bring an accepted form of payment along with you to the DFA.

Required Documents
Before an individual locates a state Arkansas drivers license office to process a change of name, they should make sure they have all of the appropriate documents. Here is a sample of the documents they may need to bring to their drivers license office:

For a complete checklist of the required and acceptable documentation, click here.  If the individual requesting a change of name on an Arkansas drivers license is over the age of 18, the Arkansas State Police requires proof of age and identification before processing the request.

For an applicant to complete a change of name on an Arkansas drivers license, they must show proof of citizenship and residency. They also must provide one primary document and one secondary document from the list on the Arkansas DFA Drivers License website, or two primary documents. A primary document must contain the individual’s full name and date of birth. The Department of Finance and Administration must be able to authenticate the document through the issuing agency for it to be valid.

Examples of Primary Documents are:

  • Current Photo Driver License with photo
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certain INS Documents
  • Court Order containing full name, DOB and court seal, such as adoption document or other name change document
  • Military ID with photograph.
  • Military Dependent ID with photograph.
  • Valid Passport
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers

Examples of Secondary Documents:

  • Work or School ID Card
  • Vehicle Registration/Title
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Card/Indian Treaty Card
  • Health Insurance Card that has been in effect for at least five years
  • Tax Return
  • Marriage Certificate/License
  • Medical Records
  • Concealed Handgun License
  • Pilot's License
  • Certified School Record/Transcript
  • Prison Release Document

Fees 
The individual requesting an Arkansas change of name must pay a fee of $10 at the time of the request. This payment must be in the form of cash, check or money order, and must be paid in person at any DFA office. Paperwork for a change of name not accompanied by full payment of the fee or incomplete or incorrect documents will not be accepted.

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