Drivers Permits in Arkansas
You may be itching to practice driving and get your license, but before you can do any of this, you'll need to obtain an instruction permit.
To apply for a permit, you must be at least 14 years old. You'll need to first thoroughly study the driver's manual so that you can pass the knowledge test. (A Spanish version is available.) The test will cover basic safety issues such as traffic laws, sign recognition, and operating a vehicle in hazardous conditions.
You'll also have to pass the vision test. To qualify for an unrestricted license, you must have at least 20/40 vision without glasses or contacts. To qualify for a restricted license, you must have at least 20/50 vision with the aid of glasses or contacts. (And, of course, you'll have to wear the corrective lenses while driving.)
Additionally, individuals with two functioning eyes will need to have a field vision of 140 degrees--this includes direct and peripheral vision; for those with one functioning eye, the standard is 105 degrees.
Both tests are conducted at Arkansas State Police locations. Be sure to check for testing times. However, you don't need an appointment to take the tests, and the testing is free.
When applying for the permit, bring one acceptable primary and secondary form of identification with you. For instance, a copy of a birth certificate and a medical insurance card.
Adult education students should provide proof of school enrollment and regular attendance.
All persons 14 to 18 years of age must hold an A restriction (adult in car) for a minimum of 6 months before driving unrestricted.
Permit Instructions for Teens
If you're under 18, in addition to the items above, you'll need to have a parent sign the permit application, agreeing to be legally and financially responsible for you. (A legal guardian or stepparent may do this instead, if they can produce the legal papers proving their custody.)
You'll also need to bring proof that your grade-point average (GPA) is 2.0 or higher. Bring your high-school diploma, GED certificate, or a form completed by your school or district office verifying that you meet the necessary school requirements. Please note that a report card will not be accepted.
Permits are valid for six months. You may opt for a six-month extension if you weren't at fault in an accident and weren't convicted of a serious traffic offense in the first six months. If your permit expires, you'll have to start over with the testing and obtain a new permit. If you lose your permit, go back to where it was issued. If your records can be found, you'll be issued a replacement permit and won't have to take the tests again.
Having an instruction permit allows you to operate a car or any other four-wheeled vehicle weighing less than 26,001 pounds. But you'll need to have a licensed driver over 21 sitting in the passenger seat next to you. And, be sure that everyone in the car is buckled up.
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