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Who is required to have a Mississippi driver's license?

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the Mississippi streets or highways.

Who is not required to have a Mississippi driver's license?

  • Anyone who operates any vehicle belonging to a branch of the US Armed Services;
  • Any non-resident over the age of 16 who has a valid out-of-state license;
  • Anyone who holds a valid out-of-state license and drives in Mississippi for no longer than 60 days;
  • Any college student who drives in Mississippi with a valid out-of-state driver's license;
  • Anyone who operates a farm tractor or farm equipment temporarily on a road or highway.

I moved to Mississippi, do I need a MS driver's license?

Yes. You have 60 days to obtain a Mississippi driver's license.

What is the age requirement to apply for a Mississippi driver's license?

You must be at least 16 years and 6 months old to apply for a driver's license.

Where can I apply for my Mississippi driver's license?

At a driver license examining office of your choice in the state.

What are the requirements to apply for a Mississippi driver's license?

You must:
  • be at least 16 years and 6 months of age and have held an intermediate license for at least six months without certain convictions;
  • not have had your license revoked or suspended;
  • not have been adjudged insane;
  • not be a habitual drunkard or addicted to the use of narcotics;
  • not have a dangerous physical or mental weakness;
  • pass a driver's examination;
  • provide proper documentation that you are enrolled in school if under 18 years of age.

Which documents are required to apply for a driver's license in Mississippi?

  • Application form containing full name, date of birth, home address, SSN, physical description, brief story of your health condition and driving experience and record;
  • Social security card;
  • Proof of identification;
  • Proof of residency;
  • Certified birth certificate.
If you are under 18 years of age you must also provide a school certification form.
If you are under 17 years of age a custodial parent or legal guardian must sign your application.


What is the age requirement to apply for a learner's permit in Mississippi?

You must be at least 15 years old.

I am 14 years old, can I obtain a learner's permit in Mississippi?

Yes, but only if you are a high school student currently enrolled in an approved high school driver education course. You will be issued a temporary learner's permit which allows you to drive:
  • only while enrolled in the driver education course;
  • only a driver education vehicle accompanied by a driver education instructor.
When you turn 15 you can apply for a regular learner's permit.

Can I sign my application for a Mississippi learner's permit?

No, if you are under 17 years old, a custodial parent or legal guardian must sign your application.

How can I obtain a learner's permit in Mississippi?

Pass the eye test and the knowledge test.

How can I practice driving with my MS learner's permit?

You are allowed to drive with your learner's permit only if accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 years or older who is occupying the passenger seat beside you.

How can I upgrade from my learner's permit to an intermediate license?

Hold your temporary permit for 1 year and pass the road test.

What if I do not pass my road test before my learner's permit expires?

You can renew your permit within 1 year without retaking another written test.

What if my permit expires before I pass the road test?

You must retake the eye and written tests and obtain another learner's permit.

How can I upgrade from my intermediate license to a regular driver's license?

Hold your intermediate license for 6 months without certain convictions and reach the age of 16 years and 6 months. If you are under age 18 you must present proof that you are currently enrolled in school.


How many questions are on the Mississippi written test?

There are 30 questions. You must correctly answer at least 24 questions to pass the test.

What is the written test about?

  • Mississippi traffic laws;
  • Rules of safe driving.

How can I prepare for the written examination?

Study the official Mississippi Driver's Manual and practice with our Mississippi DMV written test.

Which documents should I bring to my driving test?

  • Application;
  • Learner's permit;
  • Social Security card;
  • Certified birth certificate.

Can I drive alone to the site of my driving test?

No. You must be accompanied by a licensed driver.

Do I have to provide a vehicle for my driving test?

Yes. The vehicle must:
  • Be legally licensed;
  • Have all the equipment;
  • Pass a motor vehicle inspection;
  • Be insured.

What if my vehicle does not pass the vehicle inspection made by the examiner?

Your driving test will be postponed.

Who can ride in the vehicle with me during the road test?

Only you and the examiner.

What will I have to do during my road test in Mississippi?

  • Right and left turns;
  • Safe and smooth stops;
  • Backing;
  • Parking;
  • Stopping on a hill;
  • Parallel parking;
  • Turn-about.

What is important to pass the road test?

  • Posture;
  • Use of signals;
  • Car control;
  • Attitude toward pedestrians;
  • Obedience to warning signs, stop signs and traffic lights;
  • Use of driving lanes.

I failed my written or driving test. When can I retake it?

You can retake the test the following day.

How many attempts do I have to take my written or driving skills test?

There is no limit, but after 3 attempts you must wait 30 days to take the test again.

Do I have to retake the written and skills tests if I have a valid out-of-state driver's license and I moved to Mississippi?

No, if your license is valid, the written and skills tests may be waived. You will have to pass an eye test.