Driver’s License

Arkansas Driver’s Licenses or ID Cards can be obtained from a local revenue office. Visit http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx for additional information.

Visitors with an international driver’s license or license from a foreign country have 30 days to receive an Arkansas Driver’s License.

What should I expect? 

Part One: The Written Test
The driving permit requires a written test to assess the driver’s theoretical knowledge of U.S. traffic law.  With the permit, the new driver can practice driving if accompanied by a licensed driver over 21.  

Part Two: The Driving Test
After 30 days of practice, the driver can apply for a full driver’s license.  This is a driving test, he or she will obtain an Arkansas Driver’s License.  This license can be used throughout the 50 states.

How do I apply for a driver’s license?

One week before applying for your driver’s license, submit a request for a SEVIS Update.  Select “Applying for Driver’s License.” An advisor will review your SEVIS record to make sure it is up-to-date and ready for your driver’s license request.

To Renew or Apply for a Driver’s License, Bring the following to the issuance office:

  • Passport
  • Activated I-20 or DS-2019
  • Most recent I-94 cbp.gov/i94

The Issuance Office is located in the Ragland Building at 1900 W 7th St., Rm. 2067, Little Rock, AR, 72201.

Note: Students transferring to UA Little Rock or on OPT may have difficulty applying for a drivers license.  See an advisor for more information.

Institute Additional Verification through SAVE

If a nonimmigrant’s status cannot be verified immediately, they may need to go through additional verification through SAVE.  Ask for a SAVE case number and go online to SAVE Case check to see the estimated wait time.  Please note, the phrase “Institute Additional Verification” refers to a government office, not ISS.

Still having difficulty applying for your driver’s license?

Report a Problem

If you have visited the Issuance Office and have a problem receiving your driver's license, please report the problem and we will look into your situation to find a solution.
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  • Available at www.cbp.gov/i94
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