Driving without a license can refer to three scenarios. You’re stopped for an offense and:
Fighting a “driving without a license charge” can be difficult. Once the district attorney or prosecutor alleges that you drove without a valid license, the burden of proof is on you to prove that you did possess a valid driver’s license at the time of your offense. If you don’t evidence of a license, you lose! Depending on your circumstances, you may benefit from the advice or negotiating skills of an attorney.
The following persons are exempt from licensing in Arkansas:
(1) A person who operates a motor vehicle for a military purpose: (A) While in the service of the: (i) Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States; or (ii) National Guard or military reserve; or (B) While serving as a National Guard military technician;
(2) Any person while operating or driving any road machine, farm tractor, or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a highway;
(3) A nonresident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid noncommercial driver's license issued to him or her in his or her home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state only as a noncommercial driver;
(4) A nonresident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid commercial driver's license issued to him or her by his or her home state or country may operate a motor vehicle in this state as a noncommercial driver or may operate a commercial motor vehicle as provided by 27-23-123; and
(5) Any nonresident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age whose home state or country does not require the licensing of noncommercial drivers may operate a motor vehicle as a noncommercial driver only, for a period of not more than ninety (90) days in any calendar year, if the motor vehicle so operated is duly registered in the home state or country of the nonresident.
According to Arkansas Code § 27-16-604(a)(10), “The Officer of Driver Services shall not issue any license under this act to any person...who is making an initial application for an Arkansas driver’s license and who is not lawfully in the United States.” In other words, undocumented aliens are not permitted to acquire an Arkansas driver’s license.