If you’re new to Arkansas, or have recently purchased a car, you may be wondering about vehicle licensing and registration.
New Arkansas Vehicle Registration
The Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles handles vehicle registrations. If you are new to the state or have recently purchased a car, you will need to title and register it within 30 days.
Before registering, you have to:
- Purchase auto insurance that meets Arkansas’s minimum coverage requirements
- Transfer your out-of-state title to an Arkansas title
In order to complete a new registration, you will need the following documents:
- Your current vehicle registration certificate from your prior state
- Your certificate of title
- A complete Vehicle Registration Application (Form 10-381)
- A bill of sale
- An odometer disclosure statement
- Proof that your car has been assessed within the year
- Proof that you don’t owe any personal property taxes (a receipt from your county’s tax office or a stamp that reads First Assessment, for example)
- Proof of a VIN inspection
- Payment for your registration fees
Arkansas vehicle registration fees are calculated based on the gross weight of the vehicle, the type of vehicle, the license plate type, the city and county taxes, and the title fees.
Vehicle Inspections in Arkansas
The state of Arkansas does not require annual vehicle inspections. However, they recommend that you pay careful attention to your vehicle’s emissions.
Arkansas Vehicle Registration Renewal
Arkansas permits you to renew your registration online. You need your renewal identification number and a verification code. If you do not have the renewal reminder, you can renew using the last four digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), license plate number, and zip code. You can pay using a valid credit card or electronic transfer.
Titling in Arkansas
You can apply for a title in Arkansas via the following steps:
- Both seller and buyer sign the vehicle’s title
- You complete Official Release of Lien or Permission to Issue a Replacement Title (Form 10-315)
- You complete a Bill of Sale/Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form 10-313), if needed
- You bring the title to your local Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicle (OMV)
- You pay the title transfer fee
Driver’s Licenses in Arkansas
If you are new to the state and planning to get an Arkansas license, you must relinquish your out-of-state license within 30 days of establishing residency. You can get an Arkansas driver’s license via the following steps:
- Visit your nearest revenue office
- Show proof of legal residency (through a birth certificate or passport)
- Provide proof of your Social Security number
- Provide proof of identity through two different documents
Arkansas Auto Insurance Requirements
Arkansas requires liability insurance must include the following minimum coverage limits:
- $25,000 per person.
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident, if multiple people were injured
- $25,000 for property damage per accident