The state of Arkansas requires all residents with driving licenses to operate a motor vehicle safely and responsibly on its roads. Failure to do so will result in a drivers license suspension, along with severe penalties and high fines.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
In the event that you give no regard to the rules of the road in AR, your drivers license will be suspended. There are a number of reasons why you may get a suspended driving license, such as the following:
- You are convicted of driving under the influence.
- You have been convicted of drag racing.
- You have failed to pay traffic tickets and violations.
- You have failed to pay child support.
- You have failed to maintain state car insurance.
- You are a habitual offender or reckless driver.
- You have allowed somebody else to fraudulently use your drivers license.
- You have accumulated too many points on your driving record.
Arkansas Point System
The point system was designed to identity problematic drivers in the state. An accumulation of points on your driving record can result in a suspended driving license. For example, when you have acquired between 10 to 13 points, you will receive a warning letter from the Arkansas DMV. With 14 points, you will get a notification about a proposed suspension action, and your ability to request an administrative hearing about your case if you so choose.
General suspension periods for points on your record are as follows:
- If you have between 14 to 17 points, your license may be suspended for three months.
- If you have between 18 to 23 points, your license may be suspended for six months.
- If you have 24 or more points, your license may be suspended for a full year.
If you would like to request a copy of your driving record, contact the Hearing Officer of your case, or visit your nearest DMV branch. Find one in your city by visiting the AR DFA Counties and Regions page.
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License in Person
A suspended drivers license reinstatement will not be granted unless the vehicle owner has adhered to his or her license suspension period first. Once your suspension period has passed, you may then begin the reinstatement process.
The steps you will need to take depend on the type of offense and violation you committed. Some of your reinstatement requirements may include fulfilling an alcohol awareness course (if you were convicted of a DUI), completing community service hours or imprisonment time, and paying all necessary fees. Fees will also vary, but for example, a DWI/Refusal Offense comes with a $150 reinstatement charge.
Drivers License Suspension Outside Arkansas
If you received a suspended driving license outside Arkansas, you will need to contact the DMV of the state where your offense occurred. A DMV agent will be able to provide you with proper instructions and guidelines to begin your drivers license reinstatement process.