Arkansas: Car Registration & Title Guide

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This page will provide an overview of everything you need to know about vehicle title and registration steps in Arkansas.

In order to legally operate your vehicle on public roadways, you’ll need to make sure it is properly titled and registered. This includes: 

  • Applying for a new title and registration when you buy a vehicle
  • Transferring your out-of-state registration when you move. 
  • Renewing your car registration before it expires.
  • Applying for a duplicate registration or title if you lose it. 
  • Getting the necessary smog checks and vehicle inspections, when applicable. 
  • Making sure your car is properly insured. 

Find the details you need below to get started.

For official registration and title information, online applications, and forms, please visit your local DMV office or the official DMV website at: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/

Apply for a New Vehicle Registration & Title in Arkansas

If you’ve recently moved to Arkansas, you’ll need to transfer your out-of-state registration within 30 days. To transfer your out-of-state registration to an Arkansas registration:

  • Visit your local DFA registration office.
  • Provide your out-of-state title or lienholder information.
  • Provide proof of car insurance.
  • Complete a registration application.
  • Submit any tax assessment documents, if applicable.
  • Provide proof of a VIN inspection, if necessary.
  • Pay the registration and title fees.

If you’ve purchased a car from a dealer, they’ll typically take care of the registration and title paperwork for you. You’ll generally receive your permanent registration paperwork from the Arkansas DFA within a few weeks. 

If you’ve recently purchased a vehicle in a private sale, you’ll need to complete the title transfer and apply for a new vehicle registration and plates yourself. To register a used vehicle you purchased from a private party:

  • Visit the OMV office within 30 days of the purchase.
  • Complete a registration and title application.
  • Submit your ownership documents such as the signed title and Bill of Sale.
  • Make sure the odometer disclosure statement is completed, if applicable. 
  • Complete a VIN verification, if applicable.
  • Submit any necessary tax assessment documents.
  • Pay the new registration and transfer fees.

Title Transfers in Arkansas when Buying or Selling a Vehicle

If you buy or sell a vehicle in a private transaction, you’ll need to complete a title transfer as part of the transaction. 

As the seller, you’ll need to fill out and sign the portion of your title that releases your ownership. Additionally, you’ll typically need to:

  • Complete a bill of sale. 
  • Submit a Notice of Transfer or Release of Liability to the Arkansas DFA.

As the buyer, you’ll need to fill out the buyer portion of the signed-over title, and bring that document with you when you visit the Arkansas DFA to register and title the vehicle in your name within 30 days of the sale.

If at any time you lose a title, you should request a duplicate or replacement title as soon as possible. To do so, complete an Application for a Duplicate Title and submit it to the Arkansas DFA. 

If there is a lien on your vehicle (i.e. you’re still making payments on it), the title will not be in your possession. Once you pay off your lien, you’ll typically receive the pink slip in the mail. You may need to pay a fee to remove the lienholder’s name from the title.  

Learn more about title transfers in Arkansas.

How to Renew Your Arkansas Car Registration

You’ll need to renew your car registration before it expires to avoid any late penalty fees, tickets for operating an unlicensed vehicle, or possible vehicle impoundment. 

Renewing your registration will get you new sticker tags for your license plates with the updated year. 

In Arkansas, you’ll have the option of renewing your registration:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • By phone.
  • In person.

You’ll receive a registration renewal notice in the mail before your expiration date.

If you owe any taxes, you cannot renew online or by phone.

To renew your vehicle registration and get new tabs, you’ll need to:

  • Provide your renewal verification code (found on the mailed notice) or your vehicle information. 
  • Fill out the necessary application fields.
  • Pay the renewal fee.

Learn more about renewing your registration in Arkansas.

Replace a Lost Registration in Arkansas

If you lose your current registration papers or your license plate or license plate stickers become lost, stolen, or badly damaged, you can request replacements

You can request replacements online or in person.

To do so:

  • Provide your vehicle and registration information.
  • Provide your zip code.
  • Provide your Arkansas DL number.
  • Pay the duplicate fees.

Learn more about replacing a lost registration in Arkansas.

Arkansas OMV Mailing Address

Mailed applications can be sent to:

Office of Motor Vehicle 

P.O. Box 3153                                                                                    

Little Rock, AR 72203

Registration & Title Fees in Arkansas

StateTitle FeeRegistration FeeDuplicate RegistrationDuplicate PlatesDuplicate Title
Arkansas$10.00$17 to $30 (by vehicle weight)$1.00$4.00$10.00

For more details and the most up to date fees, please visit the official DMV website: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/motor-vehicle

You can use the following tax & tag calculators and registration fee charts to help determine your exact registration renewal fees. You can also refer to your renewal notice.