Frequently Asked Questions - Arkansas Teen Driver
- What documents do I need to go to the DMV?
- What is an Intermediate License?
- What restrictions come with my driver’s permit?
- What tests must I pass?
- What restrictions come with my intermediate driver’s license?
- What restrictions come with my learner’s license?
- What are the requirements to apply for my driving permit?
- What documents must I fill out at the DMV to get my permit/driver’s license?
- What driver’s education is required?
- What is a Learner’s License?
- What do I need before I can get my permit?
- Once I get my permit, what do I need to do before I can drive with my parents?
- When can I get my driver’s license?
Before going to the Arkansas DMV Office, you will need to bring the following documents in order to obtain a learner’s permit:
• Proof of identity
• Proof of age
• Proof of residence in Arkansas
• Proof of school enrollment or proof of graduation with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0
• A form from your school or district office that proves you have fulfilled all of the necessary school requirements
All applicants under the age of 18 will need to have the consent of their parent or legal guardian indicating that they take full legal and financial responsibility for the teen driver.
An Arkansas intermediate license can be issued to drivers who are between 16 and 18 years of age. The license expires when the teen driver reaches the age of 18.
There are several restrictions that apply to drivers who have an Arkansas instruction permit. These include the following:
• All passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times
• You are prohibited from using a cell phone except in the event of an emergency
• You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older
The accompanying adult must sit in the passenger seat next to you.
The Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all applicants pass both a written knowledge exam and a vision test. Anyone who is applying for a learner’s license must also be able to pass a road skills test.
If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 and have an Arkansas intermediate driver license, there are several rules you need to follow, which include:
• You cannot drive with more than one minor passenger in the vehicle unless they are a sibling or you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older.
• You cannot drive between the hours of 11:00 pm and 4:00 am unless:
1. You are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older.
2. You are going to or from your place of employment.
3. You are going to or from a school sponsored event.
4. You are going to or from a church related activity.
5. You are driving due to a family emergency.
All passengers in your vehicle are required to wear seat belts at all times. The intermediate license expires on the individual’s 18th birthday at which time they can apply for a regular Class D driver’s license.
If you are between the ages of 14 and 16 and have an Arkansas learner’s license, you must abide by the following restrictions:
• All passengers in your vehicle must wear a seat belt at all times.
• You are prohibited from using a cell phone or any other wireless communication device while driving except in an emergency.
• You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older.
An Arkansas learner’s license expires on the individual’s 16th birthday at which time they can apply for an intermediate driver’s license.
The State of Arkansas has a graduated license program and the first step a beginner driver must take is to obtain an instruction permit. The eligibility requirements are outlined below:
• You must be at least 14 years old.
• You have never been licensed to operate a motor vehicle.
• You are a new Arkansas resident who has been a licensed driver in another state and your driver’s license has been expired for a period of six months or more.
Applicants who are under 18 must obtain the consent of his or her parents or legal guardian. Arkansas instruction permits are valid for a period of six months and they can be renewed for an additional six months if you meet the following criteria:
• You have not been convicted of a serious traffic violation within the preceding six-month period.
• You have not been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was your fault.
All applicants who apply for a driver’s license must show proof of identification by providing one primary and one secondary document or two primary documents as listed below:
• Driver’s license with photo issued by another state that is not expired more the 31 days
• Arkansas photo identification issued by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Revenue
• Original or certified copy of U.S. birth certificate
• Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of Citizenship
• Resident Alien Card
• Court order that contains the full name, date of birth and court seal
• Military identification with photo
• Military dependent identification with photo
• Valid U.S. passport
• Valid foreign passport along with the required INS documents
• Discharge papers from the U.S. Armed Forces
• Draft registration card
• School or employment identification with photo
• Social Security Card
• Vehicle registration or vehicle title
• Marriage license
• Health insurance card
• Medicaid card with photo
• Bureau of Indian Affairs/Indian treaty card (no tribal cards)
• State or federal tax forms (W-2 forms are not acceptable)
• Court order (date of birth not required to be present on document)
• Pilot license
• Concealed handgun license
• Certified school transcript
• Parental affidavit (parent must appear in person and submit notarized documents confirming child’s identity)
• Court records
• Prison release documents
When preparing to take the instruction permit test, it’s recommended that you take a driver’s education course to learn the rules of the road and how to operate a motor vehicle safely. The program will cover some of the following:
• Starting the motor vehicle
• Learning how to accelerate the speed of the vehicle in a smooth and gradual manner.
• Steering the vehicle
• Scanning the road ahead for hazardous conditions
• Monitoring the speed of the vehicle
• How to stop the vehicle properly
Drivers must be alert to what is happening around them in order to avoid an accident. You will also learn about the different road signs and what each one means.
The second level in the Arkansas graduated licensing program is called the Learner’s License and the eligibility requirements are listed below:
• You must be between the ages of 14 and 16.
• You must have successfully completed the Arkansas State Police testing requirements.
• You must be able to pass a vision test.
• You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older.
• All passengers in your vehicle are required to wear seat belts at all times.
• You cannot have been at fault in a serious auto accident or have a traffic conviction on your record within the six months prior to applying
The licensed adult driver must accompany you for a period of at least six months.
Before you apply for your instruction permit, you will need to read and study the Arkansas Driver’s License Manual. This is available at any Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) and it covers the following topics:
• Arkansas State traffic laws and regulations
• Safe driving suggestions and techniques
• Information about driver’s licenses
• The responsibilities of owning a motor vehicle
You should study the manual and take the practice questions that are available on this website.
An Arkansas instruction permit allows drivers to operate a motor vehicle only when they are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or age or older. This person must occupy the passenger seat next to the driver at all times.
The Arkansas graduated license program has different levels that are outlined below:
• Learner’s License—You can apply for a learner’s license if you are between the age of 14 and 16.
• Intermediate License—You can apply for an intermediate license if you are between the ages of 16 and 18.
• Class D License—You can apply for a regular Arkansas Class D driver’s license if you are 18 or older.
You can apply for a driver’s license at any state revenue office in Arkansas.
What are the insurance requirements in Arkansas?
Every licensed driver in the State of Arkansas is required to carry liability coverage in the following amounts:
• $25,000 per person for bodily injury
• $50,000 for each accident
• $25,000 for property damage
If you fail to carry the minimum liability insurance, the DMV can refuse to renew your license or register your vehicle.