Driver's Training in Arkansas

Arkansas Driver's Training

If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license, you don't need to complete driver's training or supervised driving hours. You will, however, need to satisfy the requirements of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) graduated driver's license (GDL) program

While you have your learner's permit, you can begin practicing driving, but you must be supervised by a licensed adult at all times.

Although there is no minimum requirement, the more time you spend behind-the-wheel with a driver's training instructor or a licensed adult the better prepared you'll be to pass your Arkansas DMV driving test and take on the responsibilities of an unsupervised driver.

On this page you'll find information about driver's training options and the next steps towards getting your unrestricted driver's license.

Arkansas Behind-the-Wheel Requirements

If you are younger than 18 years old, you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Arkansas DMV GDL program.

You can begin the GDL program when you are at least 14 years old by applying for your learner's permit.

For more information, please visit our Driver's Permits in Arkansas page.

While the Arkansas DFA does not require proof of a minimum number of supervised driving hours, it is recommended you practice until you are confident enough to take your road test.

You will need to practice behind-the-wheel driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.

You cannot move on to the next stage of the AR DMV GDL program until you have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months. During this time you should practice supervised driving as much as possible. Your supervised driving practice with an experienced, licensed adult will help you develop important driving skills, knowledge and confidence. With more practice, you'll be more prepared to ace your DMV road test and earn your unrestricted driver's license.

Arkansas Driver's Training

Professional driver's training is an additional option if you're a new driver looking to gain more driving experience.

Arkansas driver's education courses are offered by high schools and include:

  • 30 hours of classroom lessons.
  • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
  • 6 hours of in-car observation.

A driver's education course provides you with a comprehensive foundation of safe driving techniques and knowledge. Upon completing the classroom portion of the course, students will have the benefit of practicing supervised driving with a trained and certified driving instructor. You'll receive hands-on training and be able to practice defensive driving techniques in real-time.

For more information about Arkansas driver's education programs, please visit our Driver's Ed page.

Next Steps - Getting Your Provisional License

You will be eligible to drive unsupervised once you obtain your intermediate driver's license. You can apply once you:

  • Are at least 16 years old.
  • Have held your learner's permit/practiced supervised driving for at least 6 months.

For more information about the other requirements you'll need to get your first driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Arkansas page.

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