Following the passing of a loved one, there are many tasks to undertake, including notifying the appropriate organizations. If your loved one was a resident of Arkansas and held a driver's license, it is essential to notify the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Driver Services. This step ensures the cessation of their driving privileges and helps to prevent identity theft.
Who Should Be Notified
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Driver Services is the department responsible for issuing driver's licenses in the state. If your loved one held an Arkansas driver's license, you should notify this department to cancel their driving privileges.
When to Notify
You should notify the department as soon as possible following the death of your loved one to prevent any misuse of their identification.
How to Notify
To notify the department, you can call their Driver Control Office at 1-501-682-1631. They will guide you through the process. Typically, you will be asked to submit a copy of the death certificate through the mail or in person.
What to Expect After Notification
Once you've informed the department, they will cancel the driver's license of the deceased. This action will prevent anyone from using the license for illegal activities. It also helps to protect the identity of your loved one.
Tips for Notification
Keep a record of all correspondence with the Department of Finance and Administration Driver Services, including the date and time of the call or visit. This information can be useful in case of any discrepancies or issues later on.
While it's a challenging task, notifying the Department of Finance and Administration Driver Services after the death of a loved one is a necessary step. It ensures the safe handling of your loved one's identification and helps to prevent potential identity theft.
Q: What if I can't find my loved one's driver's license?
A: The department can locate their record using the deceased's full name and date of birth. However, having the driver's license number can expedite the process.
Q: Can I notify the department online?
A: Currently, the best way to notify the department of a death is by calling their Driver Control Office directly.
Q: What if my loved one also had a vehicle registered in Arkansas?
A: You should also notify the Vehicle Registration section of the Department of Finance and Administration. You may need to transfer or cancel the vehicle registration.