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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Mississippi

By law, a Mississippi drivers license is mandatory for all residents who want to operate a motor vehicle on public roads. An MS DMV drivers license is granted to drivers who have met certain requirements set by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Each state-issued license to drive serves as an official identification document that is accepted by all government agencies. To get a new drivers license, applicants must first complete a drivers ed course, pass state driving exams and present the necessary documents.

Did you know? A majority of new drivers fail the written driving test on the first try. Use our DMV practice exam to prepare for the test and increase your chances of passing.

How to Apply for a Mississippi Driver's License:

  • Visit an MS DPS location.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Pass the driving test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pay Mississippi driver's license fees.

Learn how to get drivers license privileges in Mississippi by reviewing the topics below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Mississippi

Mississippi residents must submit a drivers license application in order to begin the process of obtaining an MS drivers license. Both standard MS drivers licenses and CDL drivers licenses are available to qualified applicants:

  • Learners license - grants teen drivers permission to operate a motor vehicle under certain restrictions.
  • Class R drivers license - grants drivers permission to operate a non-commercial vehicle that weighs less than 26,001 pounds (GVWR).
  • Class Y intermediate license - grants intermediate drivers permission to operate a motor vehicle with certain passenger and hourly restrictions.
  • Motorcycle endorsement - grants drivers with a valid license to drive permission to operate a motorcycle.
  • Commercial drivers license (CDL) - grants drivers permission to operate commercial vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Mississippi

A Mississippi drivers license is required for all residents who intend to operate a motor vehicle within the state. The MS Department of Public Safety only grants a new driving license to applicants who meet specific requirements. Driving applicants interested in an MS drivers license will need to pass a series of exams and present proper proofs of identity and residency.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Mississippi New Drivers (Over 18)

Driving applicants in pursuit of a full Mississippi driving license must take a written driver's test, if they have never been licensed before.

MS Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

DMV license applicants who are planning to take the written driver's exam will benefit from taking a practice permit test. Our Mississippi DMV practice test covers topics that you will encounter on the official exam, so you can be fully prepared on test day.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in MS

To begin the process of obtaining a state drivers license in MS, driving applicants are required to visit a local DMV to present the necessary documentation. New drivers license applicants are required to show the following documents:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of Mississippi residency.

MS Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

To apply for drivers license privileges in Mississippi, applicants must be at least 16-and-a-half years old. As part of the DMV drivers license application process, prospective motorists will have to provide the proper documentation and pass a written driver's test, a driving skills exam and a vision screening in order to certify that they are safe drivers.

MS Written/Driving Test

Before being eligible for an MS drivers license, all driving applicants must receive a passing score on their written driver's test and driving skills exam. Driving applicants can prepare for the written driving test by taking a practice permit test. A DMV drivers license practice test can help you pass the official written driver's exam, because it contains similar questions to the ones you will encounter on the actual exam.

MS Driving Test

The Mississippi DMV license road skills test is used to determine if a driving applicant can safely operate a motor vehicle and follow road rules. You will be tested on select maneuvers, which include the following:

  • Your ability to safely come to a complete stop.
  • Your ability to follow traffic laws.
  • Your ability to complete a three-point turn.
  • Your ability to parallel park.

On exam day, driving license applicants must be accompanied by a licensed driver. They must also supply a vehicle that is in good working order. Only the examiner and the applying motorist are allowed in the vehicle during the road test. Drivers who receive a passing score on the road test will receive a state-issued license to drive.

New Mississippi Resident

Drivers who have recently moved to Mississippi have 60 days to transfer their out-of-state drivers license for an MS state driving license. New residents will also be required to obtain in-state car insurance, undergo an annual motor vehicle inspection and transfer their car title within 30 days of establishing MS residency. Drivers with a valid out-of-state drivers license or a license that has been expired for less than 30 days may be considered exempt from taking the written driver's test and the driving skills exam.

In addition to getting drivers license privileges in MS as a new resident, you must obtain a Mississippi license plate. Tag and title applications are accepted by all licensed car dealers and county tax collectors.

Replace Driver's License in Mississippi

To obtain a duplicate drivers license in the event that yours becomes lost, stolen or damaged, you will need to visit a local MS DMV branch and present two forms of identification. You will also need to pay an MS replacement drivers license fee. For more information about applying for drivers license replacements, including a list of acceptable identity documents, click here.

Locate a DMV in Mississippi

Visit our MS DMV locations page to review a number of different DPS office branches in your area and obtain important contact information.

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