Arkansas Driver License Renewal

Arkansas Driver’s License Renewal

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by Zutobi · Updated Jun 28, 2021

As a licensed driver in the state of Arkansas, you will be required to renew your license every four years. The DFA Revenue Office offers a few ways of completing this process when the time comes for you to do so, even if you’re on active military duty or temporarily residing out of state. 

Like most visits to the DMV, you’ll need to provide documentation and pay required fees. You will be eligible for license renewal starting one year prior to your licenses’ expiration date. 

Note: At the time of writing, Arkansas driver’s license renewal services are NOT available online.

What Documents to Bring

When renewing your license, you will need to bring the following:

If you are needing to make any changes or corrections to your name, date of birth, or gender, you will need to provide proof of citizenship, identity, social security number, and 2 documents of residency. These additional documents will also be required for drivers upgrading from a regular license to an Enhanced Security (REAL)  Driver’s License.

Enhanced License Renewal

The Enhanced Driver’s License expires every 8 years. You can apply as early as a year prior to the date listed on your license. You will not need to bring original documents to the Arkansas DMV unless you have changed your name, gender, social security number, or made amendments to your date of birth.

How to Renew Your Arkansas Driver’s License

In Arkansas, you are eligible to apply for driver’s license renewal in a few different ways. 

In-Person License Renewal

Paying a visit to your local DFA Revenue Office is the most conventional way to renew your Arkansas drivers license. For many, it is also the most convenient. You’ll need to complete the following steps:

  1. Gather required documents
  2. Visit your local DFA Revenue Office 
  3. Take vision exam
  4. Pay $40 renewal fee
  5. Have your picture taken
  6. Receive new license

Renewal By Mail

License renewal by mail is only authorized for residents who are temporarily residing out of state for work or school, or residents who may be stationed overseas. In order to renew by mail, you must first contact the Arkansas Office of Driver Services by phone or email. If you are eligible, you will receive a packet in the mail detailing all the information necessary for renewal. 

Upon completion, mail your packet to the address listed within. You will receive your new driver’s license in the mail after processing.

Military Driver’s License Renewal

Arkansas residents who are serving military duty at their driver’s licenses’ expiration date will be granted a 30-day expiration from the last day of tour or date of release, whichever comes first. You will not need to return to the state in order to complete this process. To coordinate a renewal extension, or begin the process of renewing by mail, please follow the instructions above.

That’s it!

Now you have all the information you need to renew your Arkansas driver’s license. Be sure to review these instructions carefully in order to complete the process properly.

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