Obtaining A New Arkansas Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Arkansas? The Driver Services Department (OMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

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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.

New Arkansas Drivers License

When it is time to apply for a new drivers license, you must bring the following items to the Office of Driver Services:

You will also be required to pass a vision screening and have a photograph taken in order to receive your Arkansas drivers license. 

Required Documents

For a complete checklist of the required and acceptable documentation, click here.

The following documents prove legal residency:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Visa
  • Photo Document from DHS
  • Photo Military/Military Dependent ID
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers
  • Naturalization Certificate 

The two proofs of identity can be either two primary documents or one document from each list, primary and secondary.
Examples of primary documents include:

  • Photo Driver License
  • US Certificate of Birth
  • Certain INS Documents
  • Court Order that includes full name, date of birth, and court seal
  • Military ID with photograph.
  • Military Dependent ID with photograph
  • Valid Passport
  • Armed Forces Discharge Papers

Examples of secondary documents are:

  • Photo Work/School ID
  • Vehicle Registration/Title
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Card/Indian Treaty Card
  • Court Order
  • Health Insurance Card
  • IRS/State Tax Forms
  • Marriage Certificate/License
  • Medical Records
  • Concealed Handgun License
  • Pilot's License
  • Certified School Record/Transcript
  • Prison Release Document
  • Court Records


Applicants must also pass the following tests: 

  • Written
  • Driving

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