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Practice Driving in Mississippi

The time you must hold a permit to practice driving varies by age. If you are younger than 17 years old, you must practice behind the wheel for 12 months. If you are 17 years old or older, you can take the driving test and apply for a license as soon as the same day you pass your computer and vision tests.

A) Know Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions

All permit holders must abide by the following restrictions when driving.

  • You must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
  • Your supervising driver must sit next to you in the front passenger seat
  • You must keep your learner’s permit with you any time you get behind the wheel

If you are 14 years old, your restrictions go even farther.

Temporary Learner’s Permit―14 Years Old

For those who are 14 years old, your temporary learner’s permit is only valid while you are enrolled in a state-approved driver education course. You can only operate a driver education vehicle while accompanied by your drivers ed instructor. Of course, you must also follow the restrictions listed above for all permit holders.

B) Get on the Road

Take your practice period seriously, whether it lasts one year or one day. This is the time you will begin building safe driving habits that will serve you the rest of your days on the road.

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