Replacing a Lost License in Arkansas
Replacing a Lost Arkansas Driver's License
Once you realize your driver's license has gone missing, your stress levels could start rising. Your driver's license may be your primary form of identification, not to mention a critical part of driving legally in Arkansas. Therefore, you'll need to apply for a replacement driver's license immediately.
Fortunately, the Arkansas Driver Services (ODS) works to ensure that obtaining a duplicate AR driver's license is straightforward.
NOTE: If you need a replacement license because you have moved or need to change your name, see our pages Changing Your Address in Arkansas and Changing Your Name in Arkansas. Arkansas commercial drivers can visit our page on Replacing a Lost CDL.
Applying for a Duplicate License in Arkansas
REAL IDs & Replacements
If you plan to upgrade to an AR REAL ID upon replacement, you'll need to do so in person and follow the steps for a first-time REAL ID application. Jump over to our license guide for help.
Before you visit the local revenue office or Enhanced Security DL/ID office, you will need to gather the required documentation and other items you'll need to prove your identity. The Arkansas ODS will have your picture on file, so matching your face to the database will be easy.
To apply for a duplicate AR driver's license, you'll need to bring:
- The $10 fee for a duplicate driver's license.
- Your Social Security number (your name must match the name on file with the Social Security Administration).
- If you do not have a Social Security number, you will be required to sign an affidavit stating that you do not qualify for one.
- 2 documents of identification:
- At least 1 document must be from the list of primary documents; the other can be a primary or secondary document. Primary documents are items such as:
- A U.S. birth certificate (either the original or a certified copy).
- A U.S. passport.
- A military ID card with a photograph.
- 2 documents proving your residency.
- GENERALLY, you only need to show residency proofs if you’re making changes or corrections to an Enhanced Security Driver’s License; however, it’s best to play it safe and bring these proofs even if you just need a straight up duplicate.
The Arkansas ODS website provides a complete list of primary and secondary documents.
The DMV office will likely have an application form for you to complete, in addition to providing the above documentation. You may also be required to take another photo.
Replacing a License While Out of State
If you lose your Arkansas driver's license or it is stolen while you are out of the state or the country (including outside of Arkansas for military service), you have options.
You'll need to put in a request with the Arkansas ODS to send an application and instructions for requesting a duplicate driver's license.
You can start by contacting the Arkansas ODS by emailing Driver.Services@dfa.arkansas.gov or calling (501) 682-7059, to see if you qualify to replace your license by mail.
The ODS will send you an application packet with the instructions you need about fees and other requirements for getting a replacement Arkansas driver's license by mail. You may be able to process your driver's license renewal at the same time. Be sure to include this information in your initial request, if applicable.
Report a Missing Arkansas Driver's License
Although you aren't required to report a lost or stolen Arkansas driver's license, it may be helpful to do so if you are concerned that someone else has or could have access to your personal information. Reporting a loss or theft of your license offers you the chance to start a paper trail should anyone attempt to use the information for fraud or identity theft.
For more information, see the Arkansas Attorney General's information about identity theft.