Arkansas Permit and Driver's License FAQ

  • Applying for Your AR License
  • Preparing for the AR Permit Test
  • Taking the AR Permit Test
  • Preparing for the AR Driving Test
  • Taking the AR Driving Test
  • Renewing Your AR License
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Applying for Your AR License: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements for getting started?

Arkansas has instituted a graduated driver’s license program (GDL). The phases and age requirements in the state’s program are:

  • Learner’s Permit – 14 years old
  • Provisional License – 16 years old
  • Regular Driver’s License – 18 years old

One important note: these restrictions do not apply if you are at least 16 and are married, have earned a high school diploma or GED or are an active duty member of the military.

What documents am I required to bring with me when applying for a license in Arkansas?

For your Learner’s Permit:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of school enrollment and grade point average
  • Proof of legal presence
  • Proof of Identity (here are acceptable documents)
  • Social Security Number

For your AR Provisional License:

  • Learner’s Permit
  • Social Security Number

For your full AR Driver’s License:

  • Provisional License
  • Proof of legal presence, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of Identity (here are acceptable documents)
  • Social Security Number

Where do I file my AR driver’s license application?

Learner’s Permit written exams are handled by the Arkansas State Police. Licensing in Arkansas is handled at the local state revenue office.

How can I contact my local office?

Do I have to take a Driver’s Ed Course?

No, you are not required to take a Driver’s Education course in Arkansas in order to receive your Learner’s Permit or license. However, experts recommend that you take the course anyway to learn safe driving techniques and improve your driving skills and knowledge.

What if I am new to Arkansas?

Here are the guidelines if you are new to Arkansas and currently possess an out-of-state license:

  • If you have a license that is current or has been expired for 31 days or less, you will NOT need to retake the written and vision exams.
  • If your license has been expired for over 31 days but less than one year, you will need to take the written and vision tests but NOT the driving test.
  • Finally, if your license has been expired over one year you will need to take all three tests – the written test, the vision test and the driving test
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Preparing for the AR Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects are commonly covered on the written test?

The Arkansas written permit test covers rules of the road, road signs and safe driving tips. Questions are drawn from content in the state’s Driver’s License Study Guide. Here are two examples of content you might be tested on:

  • Distracted driving includes all of the following: texting or talking on a cellular device; adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player; using a navigation system; talking to passengers; eating and drinking; watching a video; grooming and reading.
  • Before turning left at an intersection, always look for oncoming traffic. If turning left onto a multi-lane street or highway look for a safe space to enter into oncoming traffic. If stopped, look left and right, then take a second look in the direction of oncoming traffic before crossing.

How is the test formatted?

It is a multiple-choice test.

Are there a lot of “trick” questions on the written test?

Questions are not designed to trick you but rather to test your knowledge of Arkansas’ driving rules and ensure you have a high enough level of knowledge to drive safely.

How many questions are on the test and how many do I need to answer correctly to pass?

There are a total of 25 questions on the Arkansas written knowledge test. You are allowed to miss up to five questions – so you have to answer at least 20 correctly to pass.

What are the best ways to prepare for the written test?

It is recommended that you study the Arkansas Driver’s Manual and that you also take practice tests online to gauge your knowledge level and determine if there are certain areas that you need to focus more study time on.

Where can I get a free Arkansas Driver’s Manual to study?

You’re in luck, we make available the Arkansas Driver’s Study Guide for free on this website.

How can I improve my odds for passing the first time I take the test?

The biggest mistake teens make is not studying their driver’s manual enough. Go through the book thoroughly and be sure that you understand the various subjects that it discusses and you are able to identify road signs by sight. To test your current driving knowledge, take a practice test.

What should I do the night before the test?

Hopefully, you have spent enough time studying that you are able to go to bed early and get valuable rest so that you are able to awake “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” the next day – which simply means you’ll be thinking clearly and have all the energy you need to take the test.

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Taking the AR Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment to take the written test?

It is recommended that you make an appointment if your local office accepts them. This can save you time and frustration.

Where do I take the written test?

The written test is given by the Arkansas State Police.

What do I need to bring when I sit for the written test?

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of school enrollment and grade point average
  • Proof of legal presence, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Social Security Number

In addition to passing the written test, you will also need to:

  • Pass a vision test
  • Pass a behind-the-wheel driving test
  • Pay a $40 Class D Learner’s License fee

Who should accompany me to the written test?

You should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do I need to pay a fee to take the written test?

Yes, you will need to pay a fee of $40 to receive your Learner’s Permit.

What should I expect when I sit for the written test?

You will answer 25 questions in all. You must answer at least 20 of them correctly to pass There is no time limit. You cannot refer to the driver’s manual or use any notes. Each question on the test is accompanied by a set of possible answers and you must select the correct one. To get used to the test format, take a practice test.

What happens after I pass the written test?

If you pass the written test and the other tests, you will receive your Learner’s Permit. You must hold your permit for a minimum of six months without any traffic violations before you are eligible to apply for your provisional license.

You must also be at least 16 years of age to apply for a provisional license – meaning if you get your permit at 14 you will have to hold it for two years before you qualify for a provisional license.

What happens if I fail the written test?

You will be able to retake it.

When can I retake the written test?

The examiner will notify you, often you can retake it as soon as the next day.

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Preparing for the AR Driving Test: Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve passed the written permit test, what are the next steps?

Thirty days after you receive your Learner’s Permit you can take the driving test.

How long after getting my Learner’s Permit can I apply for a restricted license?

You must hold your Learner’s Permit for six months and you must be at least 16 years of age before applying for your Provisional License.

Can I drive anywhere in Arkansas with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, you can practice driving on any public road or street.

Should I practice driving solely during the day?

Experts recommend that you also log some hours driving at night to get used to the different conditions.

Does anyone have to be in the car with me when I’m driving with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, you must be accompanied at all times by a licensed driver age 21 or older.

What should I do if I have a lost Arkansas Learner’s Permit?

To obtain a duplicate, go to any State Revenue Office. Be sure to bring your identification documents like you did the first time.

How can I be sure I’m prepared to ace the driving test?

Study the Arkansas Driver’s Handbook and be sure to apply all the rules while you are driving. Also, be sure to get as much driving practice as possible. Good places to practice include empty parking lots and non-busy streets.

Are there particular driving maneuvers I should practice?

You should have the ability to perform a wide variety of common maneuvers including parking, 3-point turns, coming to a full stop, driving defensively and more.

How can I simulate the driving test?

Practice the maneuvers you are know you are going to be tested on. If you can practice on the same course or a similar course that you are going to be tested on that will also be beneficial.

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Taking the AR Driving Test: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule my driving test?

Driver’s license tests are administered in all counties in Arkansas. Visit https://asp.ark.org/services-and-programs/detail/driver-examination to find your local office and its hours of operation.

Where do I take the driving test?

Driving tests are administered by the Arkansas State Police.

What should I bring to the driving test?

Be sure to bring your:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of school enrollment and grade point average
  • Proof of legal presence, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of Identity (here are acceptable documents)
  • Social Security Number

Along with:

  • A well-maintained vehicle that runs properly
  • Vehicle registration

Who should bring me to the driving test?

If you are under 18 years of age, you should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What will I be asked to do on the driving test?

You will be asked to complete a driving course that tests your skill at completing important driving maneuvers, such as parking, changing lanes, stopping, accelerating, driving defensively and more.

What are the most common reasons new drivers fail the driving test?

One of the biggest reasons drivers fail the test is because of nervousness. Don’t focus on the examiner sitting next to you. Instead focus only on the road. Be calm and confident and execute the maneuvers like you practiced. Also, don’t let small mistakes shake your confidence and throw you off your game.

What are five mistakes I should be sure to avoid when taking the driving test?

  • Paying more attention to what the examiner is doing instead of watching the road
  • Accelerating too fast
  • Driving over the speed limit, especially in areas that are not clearly marked
  • Failing to signal when called for
  • Not properly looking and checking mirrors before changing lanes

What happens if I fail the driving test?

You can retake the test.

How soon can I retake the driving test?

The examiner will notify you; often you can retake it as soon as the next business day.

I’ve passed the road test, now what?

Once you have held your Learner’s Permit for six months and are 16 years old, you can apply for a Provisional License.

What restrictions come with an AR Provisional License?

Restrictions include:

  • You must drive with an adult for the first six months or when you turn 18
  • You cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. – except when accompanied by an adult or when driving from work, school, church or in the event of an emergency
  • All passengers must wear a seat belt
  • You cannot drive while using a cell phone
  • You can only carry one minor passenger who is unrelated to you

What are the insurance requirements for drivers in AR?

While you are not required to show proof of insurance during licensing, you must have liability insurance to legally drive.

Minimum requirements for liability insurance are $25,000 per person for bodily injury, $50,000 per accident and $25,000 to cover property damage.

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Renewing Your AR License: Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to renew my license or replace a lost/stolen license?

To renew your license, go to any Revenue Office. To get a duplicate driver’s license, go to any State Revenue Office and present one proper identification (here are acceptable documents). You will also need to pay a $10 fee.

Where can I renew my Arkansas driver’s license?

You can renew your license at any State Revenue office.

Will I be required to take a vision test when renewing my license?

You may be required to take a vision test depending on how long you have had your license.

When undergoing the vision test requirements an unrestricted license are a minimum uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40. A minimum corrected visual acuity of 20/70 is required for a restricted license, which means glasses or contact lenses must be worn by the driver. In addition, a driver’s field of vision must be 140º if they have two functional eyes or 105º if they have one functional eye.


The Arkansas DMV Test–What You Need to Know

Can’t wait to get your Arkansas learners permit and get behind the wheel? Before the state of Arkansas can issue you a learners permit, you will need to pass the state required permit test administered by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).  The permit test is a written exam that contains questions in multiple-choice format.  The questions are designed to test your knowledge of the rules of the road, Arkansas traffic laws, safe driving practices, and various road and highway signs.

Prepare the Smart Way With AR DMV Practice Permit Tests

Worried about passing the test? With statistics revealing that over 50% of applicants fail the exam, its essential you prepare.  Start preparing now by taking advantage of the study material on this page. We offer interactive Arkansas practice permit tests as well as the official Arkansas Drivers Handbook as reference. Get started now and you will be one step closer to getting behind the wheel!