Renewing Your CDL in Arkansas

Renewing your Commercial Drivers License (CDL) every 8 years is a lot easier than the original application. You may even be able to renew at one of the many revenue offices.

Where to Renew

Renewals are handled by the Driver Services (ODS), and the fee is $42. If you need to take tests for hazardous materials, you'll pay an additional fee and must undergo a background and fingerprint check before your license will be renewed. This carries additional fees.

You can renew at any revenue office. If you need to take tests, you'll have to follow the same procedure you did applying for a new CDL. This might mean a visit to the Arkansas State Police or ODS in Little Rock.

If you are out of state for military duty or school, then you can renew by mail. Call the ODS CDL Help Desk at (501) 682-1400 to learn what documents they require from you. Then it's a matter of sending in your paperwork and receiving your new license within just a few days.

Medical Exam

You may have to have a new Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F) before you renew. Ask your Driver Services for details.

New Federal Requirements

You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Arkansas DMV. This means you must self-certify one of the following driving categories:

  • Non-Excepted Interstate
  • Excepted Interstate
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate
  • Excepted Intrastate

If you choose Non-Excepted Interstate, you must provide the DMV with a federal medical certificate.

Submit a completed self-certification application by:

  • Delivering to any Arkansas Revenue Office
  • Faxing to: (501) 682-2100
  • Mailing to:
    • Safety Responsibility
    • Ragland Building, Room 1120
    • P.O. Box 1272
    • Little Rock, AR 72203

Questions? Call (501) 682-7100 and ask for a medical certification customer service representative.


Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
CDL applicants in Arkansas must submit this medical fitness form to the Office of Driver Services. Form must be completed by a doctor.

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