The 10 Most Common Ways to Get a Suspended License in Arkansas

Whether you were convicted of a DUI or didn’t pay a court fee, you could have your license suspended in Arkansas.
Written by John Pickhaver
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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Your license can be suspended or revoked in
Arkansas
for a variety of offenses like driving without insurance, fleeing the scene of an accident, or being cited multiple times for not wearing your seatbelt. Driving with a suspended Arkansas license is a serious offense that can result in severe penalties—including imprisonment. 
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What’s the difference between a license suspension and revocation?

Since “suspension” and “revocation” both refer to losing your Arkansas driver’s license, they often get confused. In reality, they have two different meanings! Let’s break them down: 
  • A license suspension is when you temporarily lose driving privileges for a set period
  • A license revocation is a permanent loss of driving privileges unless you reapply for a
    license reinstatement
The Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles can suspend or revoke driver’s licenses for several reasons ranging from multiple
seat belt violations
to vehicular manslaughter. 

What can your license be suspended for in Arkansas? 

Your license can be suspended for a wide range of offenses. Here are some of the most common violations to avoid so you never have to worry about losing your driving privileges.

1. If you drive with a suspended license or without a license

This one should be obvious, but if your license is suspended, do not drive! Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of your suspension. Not only that, but you could face up to five years in prison
Your driver’s license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you on the road.

2. If you fail to appear for a traffic summons

Your license could be suspended if you fail to appear in traffic court. This will stay in effect until you appear in person and complete the sentence ordered by the court. Be sure to stay organized with any court dates so that you don’t run into this issue. 

3. If you have a physical or psychological impairment

The Office of Motor Vehicles’ Chief Administrator may order a re-examination if they have reason to believe you are not fit to drive. Your license may be suspended if the re-examination concludes that you are not able to drive safely.

4. If you flee the scene of an accident

If you flee the scene of an accident or are involved in a hit-and-run, your license will be suspended. It’s easy to panic, but you’ll only be making the situation worse. Remember to always stop when involved in an accident whether you’re at fault or not.

5. If you collect too many violation points

When it comes to moving violations, the state of Arkansas operates on a
point system
. If you accrue 14 or more points on your current driving record, your license will be suspended. The period of suspension is as follows:
  • 14 to 17 points: three-month suspension
  • 18 to 23 points: six-month suspension
  • 24 or more points: one-year suspension

6. If you have excessive seat belt violations

Your Arkansas driver’s license may be suspended if you are cited multiple times for not wearing a seatbelt. This is the easiest one to avoid. Be smart, be safe, and buckle up!

7. If you commit a violation that causes death or serious injury

Any non-DUI-related traffic citation that causes death or serious bodily injury to another driver or passenger can result in the revocation of your license. Drive carefully and obey Arkansas’s traffic laws to prevent this serious consequence. 

8. If you improperly use your license

Your Arkansas driver’s license may be suspended if your license is used illegally to commit fraud when you apply for a license, use a fake or altered license, or use someone else's license.

9. If you have a BAC over 0.08 or refuse a breathalyzer test

Your Arkansas driver’s license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are caught driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08% or higher, you will be charged with a
DUI
The amount of time your license is suspended will depend on the seriousness of the violation and whether it is your first offense or not. Check out the breakdown below: 
  • 1st offense DWI/DUI: six months 
  • 1st offense BAC test refusal: six months
  • 2nd offense within five years: two years
  • 3rd offense within five years: two and a half years
  • 4th offense within five years: four years 

10. If you don’t maintain Arkansas car insurance

All motor vehicles driven in Arkansas must be properly insured. Failure to provide
proof of valid auto insurance
can result in your license being suspended. Arkansas requires drivers to carry minimum amounts of both
property damage liability
and
personal injury protection (PIP)
insurance to legally hit the road. 
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