Arkansas is the latest state in the queue to upgrade their driver’s license to a new, more secure design that metaphorically puts Arkansas drivers back in the driver’s seat regarding their identity protection. This design upgrade is in response to the federal REAL ID Act, a government-issued initiative focused on specific, strict guidelines for ID cards and licenses in several states. In the images below, you can see the gold star embedded on the new REAL ID-compliant cards (on the left).

New Enhanced Arkansas Driver's License Design

Federal rule also dictates that by October 2020, those boarding commercial passenger flights or entering federal buildings and installations will need to present an enhanced ID. Arkansas residents can begin acquiring their replacement enhanced license on October 3 at several state revenue offices. Standard licenses and IDs will still be available after this date, but the roll-out will continue as drivers’ licenses expire.

The new Arkansas driver’s license and ID card design will give drivers peace of mind in knowing that their identities are being protected. The new design makes the ID cards more difficult to tamper with and will further discourage individuals from making fake IDs for underage drinking or other fraudulent activities.

“The intent here is to increase the security of the license and the person carrying it,” Walter Anger, assistant revenue commissioner for the Arkansas Dept. of Finance and Administration said. “This is a major step in protecting the identity of the individual and ensuring that licenses and ID cards are issued properly and to the right person.”