Arkansas License Renewal: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration oversees the license renewal process. You will renew your Arkansas license every 8 years unless you have licensing restrictions.

The state will send a renewal notice mentioning your date is coming soon.

The renewal notice shares if you require a vision test or have outstanding fines that may prevent your renewal. Call your local DMV if you did not receive the notice to get details (try to keep your information up-to-date to avoid these issues).

Renewals are done in-person unless you are out-of-state (see below).

The following shares a quick and easy guide to renewing your driver’s license in Arkansas.

How to Renew Your AR Driver’s License

A valid AR driver’s license is required if you drive on state roads and highways. You will have up to 31 days to renew a license if it’s expired (though you will take a written test but pay no fees). Those with a suspended/revoked license will need to pass their requirements before re-applying/renewing.

Here is what you’ll do when renewing an AR license:

  1. Locate your nearest Revenue office
  2. Provide your AR driver license
  3. Pass any applicable tests:
    1. Knowledge
    2. Driving
  4. Pay the $40 renewal fee

You may take this time to upgrade the license to an Enhanced Security Driver’s license. This requires you show additional proof of ID, residency, and legal presence. You will complete the steps above but at an enhanced DL/ID office. You may receive a temporary license until the permanent one arrives by mail.

Mail Renewals (for Out-of-State Residents and Military)

Arkansas residents going to school or work out-of-state may renew through the mail. Those in the military may renew by mail, too, given they meet security clearance.

You will request online/mail renewal via:

  • Phone: 501-682-7059
  • Email: See Contact
  • Mail: Driver’s License Issuance, Room 2120, P.O. Box 1272, Little Rock, AR 72203

Include the following:

  • Full name
  • Driver’s license # or SSN
  • Arkansas address
  • Out-of-state address
  • Contact details

If approved for mail-in application – you will include:

  • Renewal application form
  • $40 check or money order addressed to “Department of Finance and Administration”

Send this information to:

Driver’s License Issuance

Room 2120

P.O. Box 1272

Little Rock, AR 72203

Congratulations! You’ve renewed while being out-of-state!

Become a Better Arkansas Driver

Have questions about renewing your AR license or got other inquiries about driving in Arkansas? Browse more AR DMV topics or use our AR DMV Directory to find an office near you!