Arkansas Driver’s License Status

In Arkansas code section 27-50-901 et. Seq. you can find all the information about Arkansas driving records. There are three essential things drivers in Arkansas should know:

  • The information on every person’s driving license is confidential. This information includes records of traffic violations and accidents, updates of the drug and alcohol database for CDL drivers.
  • The release of your driver record must be signed and dated. The data every person needs to fill are – name, driver’s license number, date of birth, and the name of the persons to whom the information is going to be released. This release will remain legit for 5 years.
  • When we talk about methods of checking driver’s license history and records, there are three of them: In-person, Online, and by Mail.

Online

By visiting some of the online services like airsdsmvpub.dfa.arkansas.gov or ark.org you can request information about your driving license. The insurance record, for instance, the drivers can purchase for $11.50. On the other hand, the commercial record will cost you $13.

The online process requires certain pieces of information from the driver’s license. You will need to provide:

  • First and Last Name
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Driver License Issue Data
  • Date of Birth
  • Last five digits of driver’s SSN (social security number)
  • A legit credit card (For example, MasterCard and Visa)
  • Printer

Checking driving license status online in Arkansas.

After you enter these pieces of information, you will have to choose the type of report you want to get. We highlighted above what are the costs for both types.

In Person

You need to go through two different steps to complete the process with the in-person method

  • Visit the right local DMV office and fill the form.
  • Find the right office for your location. The phone of the counties that office services you can find on the list below.
  • The fee for commercial records is $10, and for the insurance record it is $8.5
Office Phone Counties Served
Bentonville Driver Control Office 479-254-1808 Benton, Carroll, Madison
Cabot Driver Control Office 501-843-5836 Lonoke, Prairie
Camden Driver Control Office 870-836-4581 Union, Ouachita, Calhoun, Bradley, Ashley, Drew
Conway Driver Control Office 501-329-5056 Faulkner, Searcy, Van Buren, Perry, Conway
Driver Services 501-371-5581
Driver Services Mailing Address
Fayetteville Driver Control Office 479-521-1431 Washington
Forrest City Driver Control Office 870-633-5971 St. Francis, Cross, Monroe, Arkansas, Phillips
Fort Smith Driver Control Office 479-783-2422 Sebastian
Hot Springs Driver Control Office 501-623-1239 Garland, Montgomery, Clark, Pike, Hot Springs, Polk
Jonesboro Driver Control Office 870-935-9505 Craighead, Crittenden, Poinsett
Little Rock Driver Control Office 501-682-1631 Pulaski, Prairie, Saline
Mountain Home Driver Control Office 870-425-9717 Baxter, Izard, Stone, Boone, Newton, Fulton
Paragould Driver Control Office 870-935-9505 Greene, Sharp, Randolph, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Clay
Pine Bluff Driver Control Office 870-536-6793 Jefferson, Lincoln, Chicot, Desha, Dallas, Cleveland
Russellville Driver Control Office 479-968-1697 Pope, Logan, Franklin, Conway, Yell, Scott, Johnson
Searcy Driver Control Office 501-268-9108 White, Cleburne, Woodruff, Jackson, Independence
Texarkana Driver Control Office 870-773-7826 Miller, Nevada, Howard, Seviere, Little River, Hempstead, Columbia, Lafayette

By Mail

In the end, if you decide to complete the process by mail, you need to fill in this form and send it to

Ragland Building,
Room 1070, Post Office Box 1272,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.

The fee for the commercial records is $10, and $8.5 for insurance records.

Fees for Driving Record Types

When you look for the insurance record, you will get traffic violations in a period of three years. The fee for the in-person method and by mail is $8.5, and for the online method, the fee is $10.

Commercial record drivers use for employment purposes. All the information there stays longer than 3 years. The fee for checking commercial purposes in-person and by mail is $10, and for the online method, the costs are $13.

In history records, you can find all the information from receiving a driver’s license. The email and in-person method of checking will cost you $10 while the online method is not available.

Suspensions and Revocation

There is a difference between suspension and revocation. The suspension is the condition when the driver can’t drive for some period, but he can get his license back. On the other hand, the revocation means the license is canceled and you need to submit an investigation before you get another one.

Types of Suspensions and Revocation

Excessive Moving Violations: You will get a suspension based on the point system

  • 14 to 17 points: 3-month suspension.
  • 18 to 23 points: 6-month suspension.
  • 24 or more points: 1-year suspension.

Driving under the influence of Alcohol/Drugs: If you are driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more, you will be charged with a DUI. The license can be suspended for:

  • 6 months for a 1st offense DWI/DUI.
  • 180 days for a 1st offense BAC test refusal.
  • 2 years for a 2nd offense within 5 years.
  • 30 months for a 3rd offense within 5 years.
  • 4 years for a 4th offense within 5 years.
  • Your license may be revoked permanently for a 4th offense BAC test refusal within 5 years.

Driving with a Suspended License or No Licence

Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension. Also, you can go to prison for up to 5 years. A driver’s license can be suspended if the person does not have a license while driving.

Driving without insurance

All the cars in Arkansas need to have proper insurance

Physical or Psychological Disqualification

Suspension if the re-examination finds that the person is physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.

Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension

These include: not responding to a Motor Vehicle Commission notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines, or surcharges; and not paying child support.

What to do if your license is suspended?

The first thing you should do is to speak with a Traffic Ticket Lawyer or DUI-DWI lawyer

If your license has not been taken away already, you need to surrender your license to the Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles. Mail to the

Office of Driver Service,
Driver’s License Issuances,
Room 2120, P.O. Box 1272,
Little Rock, AR 72203.

The drivers across Arkansas do not have the right to drive while their license is suspended. After the suspension ends, you will get a Notice of Restoration from the OMV. There you can find all the instructions on how to restore a license.

How to Reinstate a Driver’s License

There are two ways of how you can do that. If you decide to do that by mail, you need to

  • File an SR22 form – proof of insurance
  • If it is required by the court, complete an alcohol education/treatment program
  • If it is required by the court, pass the driving skills and knowledge tests
  • Pay a reinstatement fee. You can mail a check or money order payable to:

Office of Driver Service,
Driver License Issuance,
Room 2120, P.O. Box 1272,
Little Rock, AR 72203

You can also use the online method to complete the same process. After you get a new license, you will be subject to a Mandatory Probation Period of 1 year. Any new violations in the Probation Period can result in the suspension of a driver’s license.