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Application for a driver’s license in Arkansas

 

LEARNERS LICENSE

The learners license is the beginning driver's license issued to a person at least 14 years of age and will expire on the licensee's 16th birth date. Applicants may qualify for a learners license by passing the written and road tests given by the Arkansas State Police, passing the vision exam and having no serious accidents or traffic convictions in the most recent six months. (Serious accidents and traffic convictions are defined below)

Restrictions on a learners license are, all passengers must have seats belts attached at all times, and the driver must be accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older. Upon the expiration of a learner's license (the person's 16th birthday), the person may apply for an intermediate driver's license.

NOTE: The learners license may be issued to expire prior to the individual's 16th birth date if they are not United States citizens or have permanent resident status in the United States.

 

INTERMEDIATE LICENSE

The intermediate license is issued to persons ages 16 to 18, and expires on the person's 18th birthday. Applicants who have a learners license may move up to the intermediate license only if they have no serious accidents or serious traffic convictions within the most recent six months.

Passengers in a vehicle driven by a person with an intermediate license must have seat belts attached at all times. If the applicant for an intermediate license has an accident or serious traffic conviction within the most recent six months, he/she must retain the learners license until such time that their record is clear of such accidents or traffic convictions for a six-month period. In this case, the re-issued learners license will have an expiration date equal to the end of six months from the conviction or accident date. If, on that expiration date, no further accidents or serious violations have occurred, an intermediate license will be issued.

NOTE: Any person under the age 18 must hold a restriction of an adult in the car for a minimum of six months. Therefore, if a person obtains his/her first license at age 17, (intermediate license) the license must have the adult restriction for a six-month period or until age 18. If the licensee has satisfied the six-month adult restriction, the intermediate license allows the licensee to drive alone. The intermediate license may be issued to expire prior to the individual's 18th birth date if they are not United States citizens or have permanent resident status in the United States.

 

REGULAR LICENSE

A regular license is issued to a person at age 18 when the intermediate license expires. Applicants for a regular license must have a record without any serious accidents or serious traffic convictions within the most recent 12 months. If the applicant has such accident or conviction within the, most recent 12 months, he/she must retain the Intermediate license until such time that the record is free of these accidents/convictions for a period of 12 months.

The age restrictions in this program do not apply to a person 16 years of age or older if such person is (A) married, (B) possesses a high school diploma, (C) has successfully completed a General Education Development test, or (D) is enlisted in the United States Military.

A serious accident means a reportable accident in which the driver is found at fault and the accident is placed on the driver's record by the Office of Driver Services.

A serious traffic conviction means any conviction where the driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle has, by court order or by administrative action been withdrawn OR any violation in which a driver has been found guilty of:

·         Any alcohol related moving traffic violation

·         Any seat belt violation

·         Any Commercial motor vehicle violation

·         Driving fifteen (15) or more miles per hour over the speed limit

·         Reckless driving

·         Negligent homicide

·         Using a vehicle to commit a felony

·         Failure to carry liability insurance

·         Leaving the scene of an accident

·         Evading arrest

·         Fleeing by use of an automobile

·         Unsafe driving

·         Hazardous driving

What type of license do I need to drive?

Class A - Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Minimum age of 18.

Class B - Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more and any vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds. Minimum age of 18.

Class C - Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 or any such vehicles towing a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating not in excess of 10,000 pounds comprising: (1) vehicles designed to transport 16 passengers or more, including driver; (2) vehicles used in the transport of hazardous materials which are placarded. Minimum age of 18.

Class D - Any vehicle which is not a commercial vehicle as described above. Minimum age 14 restricted/16 unrestricted.

Class M - Any motorcycle with a motor that displaces more than 250 cc's. Minimum age 16.

Class MD - Any motor driven cycle, excluding motorized bicycles, which displaces 250 cc's or less. Minimum age 14. Expires on 16th birthday. 

Source: DMV


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