Starting Jan. 6 anyone with a valid Arkansas driver learner’s permit can use an online scheduling tool to arrange the final step toward becoming a motor vehicle licensed driver.
The tool will allow scheduling of skills tests (not the knowledge test) through the Arkansas State Police Driver Exam web site at ar.gov/aspdrivertest.
Officials said online scheduling will make it easier for permit holders and anyone who must accompany the skills test applicant to set a specific date and time for the skills test and avoid waiting in line or possibly being turned away due to unexpected large numbers of applicants at a testing location and impending closing hours.
“This is another step toward modernizing the process of obtaining an Arkansas driver license,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police.
Anyone planning to proceed with the skills test, whether it has been scheduled online or not, is strongly encouraged to review the checklist of items and other information provided at the web site or provided to them when the learner’s permit was issued. The test site locations will continue to offer availability for walk-in knowledge and skills test applicants.
The online system is only available for Class D (standard passenger car or truck) licenses. Bryant said plans are being considered to expand the scheduling system in the future to include other testing services, such as commercial driver license testing operations and knowledge tests for Class D applicants.