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Here's what you need to know when driving in Arkansas

Auto insurance in Arkansas costs on average $1,768 per year — $239 more than the national average rate. But what you pay as an Arkansas driver may be higher or lower depending on a number of rating factors that insurers use to price your premium, like your age, location, driving record and more.

Our guide to Arkansas car insurance provides an in-depth analysis of car insurance rates in the state, so you can use this knowledge as a jumping-off in your search for an affordable auto insurance policy. Continue reading to find out how much car insurance costs in Arkansas, or if you're ready to start comparing and saving, submit your ZIP code above to get customized insurance quotes from top insurance companies.

The best car insurance companies in Arkansas

Here are the top three car insurance companies in Arkansas, according to third-party ratings from J.D. Power.

1st place medal

USAA received a score of 890 (out of 1,000) in J.D. Powers' 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study and also won top marks in The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

2nd place medal
State Farm

State Farm is one of the nation's most popular insurance companies and was given a score of 859 in J.D. Power's 2021 auto study.

3rd place medal

Coming in third place with a score of 849 in J.D. Power's 2021 customer satisfaction survey, Auto-Owners won above-average ratings.

Key takeaways
  • Arkansans pay about 16% more for car insurance on average
  • The cheapest major car insurance company in Arkansas is USAA

The cheapest car insurance companies in Arkansas

These companies offer the cheapest rates in the following scenarios.

Cheapest for full coverage — USAA

The cheapest rates are from USAA at $1,356 annually or $113 per month.

Cheapest after at-fault accident or DUI — State Farm

If you have a recent DUI or at-fault accident, State Farm could be the cheapest option in Arkansas.

Cheapest for teen drivers — GEICO

GEICO is the most affordable insurance company in Arkansas for teen drivers.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
USAA $1,356
State Farm $1,412
Farmers $1,568
GEICO $1,622
Nationwide $1,676
Progressive $2,244
Allstate $3,415

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool data methodology

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool for home and auto insurance rates utilizes the latest ZIP code-level rate filings from across the U.S., sourced from Quadrant Information Services and S&P Global. These filings, typically updated annually or biennially by insurers, are verified through Quadrant’s QA process and then integrated into The Zebra’s estimator.

The displayed rates are based on a dynamic home and auto profile designed to reflect the content of the page. This profile is tailored to match specific factors such as age, location, and coverage level, which are adjusted based on the page content to show how these variables can impact premiums.

For a comprehensive understanding, see our detailed methodology.

Arkansas auto insurance laws

Car insurance is regulated on a state level, and every state sets its own minimum coverage level for a driver to be road-legal. In almost every state, including Arkansas, car insurance coverage is mandated along with proof of insurance.

Compared to full coverage, getting the state's minimum coverage is much more affordable; however, it can also leave you at risk. Expect to pay $577 annually for the state minimum level of coverage in Arkansas. This rate is less expensive than the nationwide average by 62%.

State minimum coverage

In order to drive legally in the state of Arkansas, you must carry at least the minimum liability limits listed below:

  • Bodily injury: $25,000 per person
  • Bodily injury: $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage: $25,000 per accident

Optional coverage in Arkansas (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Gap coverage
  • Personal injury protection (PIP)
  • Rental car reimbursement
  • Roadside assistance
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
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If you want more robust protection beyond the minimum, you can opt for a full coverage policy, which includes comprehensive and collision. This will protect you against the financial ramifications of car accidents, theft, vandalism or weather incidents.

Better coverage, however, comes at a cost. In Arkansas, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,571 — that's 172% more than liability-only insurance. If you choose a full coverage policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 222% more than you would for basic coverage.

The Zebra's guide to Arkansas car insurance laws

Learn more about car insurance requirements in the state of Arkansas with our helpful guide.

Compare car insurance rates from the best companies in Arkansas.

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Arkansas car insurance premiums by rating factor

Personal factors such as your age, driving history, coverage level and more are used by insurance companies to calculate your premium. How these rating factors are weighed, however, are assessed differently from insurer to insurer, making it all the more important to compare quotes when shopping.

Consult average rates by rating factor below to get a better understanding of how much you can expect to pay in Arkansas.

Cheap auto insurance in Arkansas for minimum coverage

While it can leave you at risk, getting liability-only coverage at the state minimum level will make your premium much cheaper compared to getting full coverage. In Arkansas, the average cost for minimum coverage is $48 per month, or $577 yearly — a savings of $1,280 compared to full coverage.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
USAA $383
GEICO $388
State Farm $397
Farmers $610
Nationwide $677
Progressive $770
Allstate $783

Cheap auto insurance in Arkansas with bad credit

Your credit score is a rating factor in almost every state, including Arkansas. While a few states have banned this practice as discriminatory, there is a correlation between those with bad credit and an increased likelihood of making claims. Insurance companies use statistics and data to inform how it generates quotes.

In Arkansas, people with poor credit generally pay an additional $1,975 yearly compared to drivers with excellent credit. Consult sample rates from different insurance companies below and use this information as a reference point in your search for affordable insurance with bad credit.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
GEICO $2,276
Farmers $2,360
Nationwide $2,396
USAA $2,522
Progressive $3,793
Allstate $4,666
State Farm $7,367

Cheap auto insurance in Arkansas with an at-fault accident

It's no secret that a checkered driving record can make your car insurance prohibitively expensive. Like bad credit, a history of accidents and citations is another risk indicator. A recent at-fault accident can raise your rate by as much as $970 annually in Arkansas.

Safe driver discounts

In addition to having a cheaper premium, some companies offer a safe driving discount. While the amount varies based on your company, it can range between 5 and 10%.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
State Farm $1,755
USAA $1,906
Farmers $2,166
GEICO $2,593
Nationwide $2,681
Allstate $4,072
Progressive $4,124

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in Arkansas

The younger you are, the more you'll pay for car insurance. Teens and drivers in their 20s are seen as relatively inexperienced drivers by insurance companies. In Arkansas, teens pay $5,876 per year, which is $4,347 more than the national average and over three times as much as a 30-year-old Arkansas driver.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
GEICO $3,827
USAA $4,088
State Farm $4,817
Nationwide $5,666
Farmers $6,898
Allstate $9,488
Progressive $10,541

Arkansas auto insurance rate by violation

Receiving a ticket or violation will make your premium go up — generally, the more serious the violation, the more you can expect your rate to increase. But because every insurer's pricing standards are different, it's difficult to say exactly how much. Using data, however, we can provide general estimates.

See below for average auto insurance rates in Arkansas after a variety of citations.

Accident/Violation Avg. Annual Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
None $2,118 0% $0
One Med/PIP claim $2,118 0% $0
One comp claim $2,143 1% $25
Two Med/PIP claims $2,143 1% $25
Not-at-fault accident $2,172 3% $54
Two comp claims $2,210 4% $92
Failure to wear a seat belt $2,442 15% $324
Failure to show documents $2,453 16% $335
Child safety restraint $2,457 16% $339
Driving without lights $2,457 16% $339
Failure to yield $2,532 20% $415
Failure to stop at a red light $2,538 20% $420
Driving too slowly $2,538 20% $420
Driving with expired registration $2,539 20% $421
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $2,545 20% $428
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $2,551 20% $434
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $2,561 21% $443
Cell phone violation $2,568 21% $450
Texting while driving $2,568 21% $450
Wrong way/wrong lane $2,581 22% $463
Illegal turn $2,596 23% $478
Improper passing $2,601 23% $483
Following too closely $2,603 23% $485
Speeding in school zone $2,641 25% $523
Passing school bus $2,654 25% $537
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $2,738 29% $621
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $2,751 30% $633
In 65 MPH zone $2,778 31% $660
Operating a vehicle without permission $2,800 32% $682
Open container $2,803 32% $685
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $2,996 41% $878
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $3,028 43% $910
Racing $3,277 55% $1,160
DUI $3,341 58% $1,224
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $3,341 58% $1,224
Reckless driving $3,359 59% $1,241
Driving with a suspended license $3,396 60% $1,278
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $3,471 64% $1,353

Arkansas DUI laws

Getting a DUI in Arkansas can raise your auto insurance premium by 58%. Because DUIs often trigger a significant rate increase compared to many other citations, it can be challenging to find an affordable policy in the aftermath of a DUI.

Low-cost car insurance after a DUI in Arkansas

It’s integral to assess each of your insurance choices carefully if you're convicted of a DUI or DWI violation in Arkansas. Car insurance premiums following a DUI can vary substantially by insurance company. For example, the least expensive car insurance company with a DUI in Arkansas, State Farm, advertises annual rates 40% less than the statewide average insurance rate with a DUI. The second-cheapest insurer for auto insurance after a DUI in Arkansas is Farmers, while the most expensive is Nationwide, with prices 20% above average.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
State Farm $1,999
Farmers $2,079
USAA $2,613
Progressive $2,667
GEICO $3,017
Allstate $4,017
Nationwide $4,018

The hard truth is that you likely won't be able to find an inexpensive rate after a DUI that's as low as a rate you'd get without a DUI on your record. The recommended way to save after a DUI citation is to shop around with as many companies as possible.


Arkansas SR-22 insurance

An SR-22 is a routine legal requirement after getting a violation such as a DUI conviction, a ticket for driving without insurance, an at-fault collision, driving with a suspended license or accumulating too many points on your license. It is not a type of insurance policy, but a form issued by your insurance company with the state of Arkansas to ensure that you remain insured.

Finding cheap auto insurance with an SR-22 in Arkansas might require some research, but it shouldn't be too difficult.


How to acquire an SR-22 in Arkansas

For currently insured drivers

If you already have an active auto insurance policy, obtaining an SR-22 is fairly straightforward. Contact your insurance company and request that the company file an SR-22 certificate request on your behalf. If your current insurance company won't request a certificate, you should look for a new car insurance company.


For uninsured drivers

When filing for a new policy, you might have to pay an up-front fee to have your prospective insurer file an SR-22 request for you and to cover your high-risk driving profile. Needing an SR-22 certification might disqualify you from getting coverage from some companies, while others will sell you a policy.


For drivers without a vehicle

Not owning a vehicle makes it more difficult to obtain an SR-22, as you will need to furnish proof of insurance to receive the certificate. If you don't own a vehicle, you should apply for a non-owners car insurance policy before filing for an SR-22. Non-owner auto coverage is typically cheaper than traditional coverage since it doesn't cover physical damage to your vehicle.

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Rates by city

Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, and an important one is the location of the vehicle. The cheapest car insurance in Arkansas is found in Siloam Springs and the most expensive in College Station.

Have a look at the table below to see average car insurance costs in some of Arkansas's biggest cities.

City Avg. Annual Premium
Springdale $1,939
Fayetteville $1,958
Fort Smith $1,969
Jonesboro $2,080
Little Rock $2,325

Car insurance price trends in Arkansas

In Arkansas, average annual auto insurance costs increased by $66 in the past year. A typical Arkansas driver pays an average of $1,768 per year.

Year over year, from 2017 to 2021, the cost of car insurance has steadily creeped up in Arkansas. The overall trend is marked by more increases rather than decreases: the steepest decrease was just by $35 in 2017, while the highest surge of $262 took place in 2016.

Year Avg. Annual Premium — Arkansas Yearly Change — Arkansas Avg. Annual Premium — US Yearly Change — US
2021 $1,768 $66 $1,529 $46
2020 $1,702 $5 $1,483 -$61
2019 $1,697 $131 $1,544 $23
2018 $1,566 $100 $1,521 $84
2017 $1,466 -$35 $1,437 $69
2016 $1,501 $262 $1,368 $88
2015 $1,239 $86 $1,280 $51
2014 $1,153 $34 $1,229 $34
2013 $1,119 -$6 $1,195 -$80
2012 $1,125 -$12 $1,276 $82

If your rates are rising faster than the average in your state, compare quotes and find a better deal. The Zebra's car insurance comparison engine furnishes quotes based on your specific profile — enter your ZIP below to get started.

Arkansas car insurance FAQs

Below you'll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Arkansas auto insurance.

USAA ($1,356/year) has the cheapest rates in Arkansas, with State Farm ($1,412) as a runner-up. However, the only way to know which company is best for you is to shop around.

For a single male driver with full coverage and $500 deductibles, the average premium in Arkansas is $1,768/year.

It is illegal to drive your vehicle without insurance in Arkansas. The Zebra can give you free and cheap quotes for liability and full coverage insurance.

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