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Suspended License Information for Mississippi

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Mississippi driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).

REASONS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

There are a variety of reasons why your Mississippi driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Mississippi driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Excessive Moving Violations. Though the state of Mississippi does not operate on a point system, in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit, traffic violations are kept track of. If you fail to pay for traffic tickets issued to you your license will be suspended.
  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Mississippi driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense. For a first time conviction, your license will be suspended for 90 days to a year. For a second conviction, the suspension period is two years and third and subsequent offenses will result in a five year suspension. In addition to this, your third offense will be marked as a crime on your driving record. You will also have to serve time in jail each time you are convicted of a DUI offense. Refusal to take a blood alcohol test will also result in a suspension.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned for up to five years. The duration of the additional suspension varies depending on the reason for the underlying suspension. Your driver's license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you while you are driving.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Mississippi must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Mississippi driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway. Other reasons include stealing a motor vehicle or any part of a motor vehicle, stealing gas, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident without giving aid or your identity, being convicted of reckless driving three times in one year, unlawful use of either your driver's license or another's to buy liquor, fleeing from the police, using a motor vehicle to commit a crime and homicide involving a motor vehicle.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The Department of Public Safety can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include not responding to a Department of Public Safety notice or not appearing in court, failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges and not paying child support.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR MISSISSIPPI DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED

Having your Mississippi driver's license suspended is a serious matter, and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer.

The most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:

  1. If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. You can surrender your license in person at a Driver License Office or mail it to:
    Department of Public Safety
    

    1900 E. Woodrow Wilson

    Jackson, Mississippi 39216

  2. While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, you may be imprisoned for up to five years, and/or the length of your suspension may be increased.
  3. After your suspension is over, you will receive a written notice of restoration, with instructions on how to restore your license. Do not drive until you have completed the necessary steps and received a valid, replacement license from the Mississippi DPS.
  4. You may also apply for a hardship license but in order to travel to work/ school or to receive medical treatment. You will have to establish that you are in danger of losing your job or being expelled from school or that your health will suffer before you are considered eligible for such a license. If you have a DUI suspension you will have to apply to the circuit court and if you have a drug suspension, to the county court. The filing fee is $150.

APPEALING A SUSPENSION

If you receive a notice of suspension from the DPS, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or the DPS Chief Administrator will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. In addition, drivers whose license may be suspended may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended.

It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.

RESTORING YOUR LICENSE

You will receive a notice from the DPS after you have completed your suspension period. The notice will include complete instructions regarding how to get your license back. Generally, you will need to:

  1. Pay a restoration fee of $25.00 for all offenses except for DUI/Drugs for which the fee is $75. The reinstatement fee for bad checks is $10. The fee can be paid online or in person at a Driver License Office. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
    Department of Public Safety
    

    1900 E. Woodrow Wilson

    Jackson, Mississippi 39216

  2. Pay all traffic fines due by you. Confirm that all dues have been cleared by you and mail a copy of the court order to the address above. After the confirmation your license will be reinstated.
  3. Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license.

Note that after you license is restored, you may be subject to a probation period of one year, during which any new violations may result in an additional suspension of your Mississippi driver's license.

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