Identification Cards in Arkansas

SUMMARY: Arkansas Identification Cards

To apply for an ID card, visit an Arkansas DFA office in person. You will need proof of your identity and legal status in the U.S., plus payment for the fee. Renewals and replacements must also be completed in person unless you're out of state.

Continue reading this page to learn how to apply for, renew, and order a replacement ID card from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).

REAL IDs in Arkansas

The Arkansas DFA now issues both federally-compliant REAL ID driver’s licenses as well as non-compliant licenses. A REAL ID license allows you to use your license as approved identification for activities such as boarding an airplane or entry into federal and military buildings. After October 1, 2021, ONLY the federally-approved license will be accepted for such activities.

You can choose to apply for a REAL ID or a non-compliant ID—details are outlined below.

How to Get an Arkansas ID Card

Applications for an identification card must be made in person at an Arkansas DFA office or an Enhanced Security DL/ID Office if you want an Enhanced Security Identification Card. You'll also bring different items depending on whether you want a REAL ID-compliant document or a non-compliant one. Be ready to:

  • Provide proof of your identity and legal presence:
    • For a REAL ID-compliant card, this means:
      • 1 document proving your legal presence.
      • 1 document proving your Social Security number.
      • 1 document proving your identity from the secondary list.
      • 2 documents proving your Arkansas residency.
    • For a non-compliant card you can use the DFA's Pre-Register portal to determine what documentation you will need.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the $5 fee.

For more information about applying for an ID card, including processing times, contact the Arkansas DFA.

Renew an AR Non-Driver ID Card

To renew your state ID card or Enhanced Security ID Card, you must visit an Arkansas DFA office or Enhanced Security DL/ID Office in person. Identification cards are valid for either 2 years or 4 years depending on the age of the person. You may need to:

  • Show your current ID card.
  • Show proofs of legal presence, identity, Social Security number, and  residency as outlined ONLY IF you wish to upgrade to a REAL ID or enhanced travel card.
  • Have a new photo taken.
  • Pay the $5 renewal fee.

NOTE: You may be eligible for by mail renewal if you are out of state. Call (501) 682-7059 to check.

Contact the Arkansas DFA directly for more information.

Replace Arkansas ID Card

If your Arkansas ID card is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement in person at an AR DFA office or an Enhanced Security DL/ID Office. You will need to provide the required proofs as outlined above, plus payment for the fee once more.

If you are outside of Arkansas—for reasons including military obligations, college, or work—you may be able to request a replacement by mail. Call (501) 682-7059 for more information.

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