Obtaining A New Arkansas Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Arkansas? The Office of Driver Services (ODS) handles all licensing matters. We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many OMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the OMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your OMV forms and/or provide links to OMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: Take the ODS Practice Test

Getting a new drivers license in Arkansas is easy when you are prepared. Arrive at an ODS location ready to pass their tests with flying colors by taking this practice test.

3: Via a local ODS office

If you prefer to access ODS services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical ODS office location. Varying ODS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the ODS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local ODS allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.


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

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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