The myriad rules and regulations enforced by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Driver Services (ODS) apply to drivers of all ages and stages. Unlike most states, Arkansas imposes no special requirements and restrictions on older drivers.
Time limits: All drivers are required to renew every four years at any local Revenue Office.
Vision test: Required at in-person renewal. ODS personnel will conduct a test free.
Written test: Required at renewal only if licensing authorities believe a physical or mental condition or limitation may affect the ability to drive safely.
Road test: Required at renewal only if licensing authorities believe a physical or mental condition or limitation may affect the ability to drive safely.
The ODS can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver's license after administering a driving test and discussing possible restrictions with him or her. The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses.
In Arkansas, other common requirements the ODS may impose on drivers include:
Reports of unsafe driving are handled slightly differently throughout the state. For information on how to request an investigation, contact:
Arkansas Driver Services
1910 SW 7th Street, Room 1070
Little Rock, AR 72201
For information on how to get back a license that has been suspended or revoked in Arkansas, contact one of the Revenue Offices located throughout the state.
Disabled person parking placards and license plates can be issued to drivers who have impaired mobility if a licensed medical professional verifies the condition.
The placards and plates are also available for those who:
Steps required to obtain a disabled placard or plate are:
The ODS website contains basic information for Arkansas drivers, including links to the controlling laws.
Of special interest is the “Arkansas Driver License Study Guide,” focused on helping drivers prepare for the written driver’s license exams; licensing authorities urge drivers to review the information periodically.
You can use Nolo’s Lawyer Directory to find a local lawyer experienced in representing older people who need help with auto accidents or traffic tickets in Arkansas.