This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Mississippi
First-time drivers of any age must pass a road test to land a Mississippi drivers license. You must also be at least 16 years and six months old and have held a learner’s permit for 12 months. If you are 17 or older, you can take the road test on the same day you get a learner’s permit as long as you meet all the requirements.
A) Make a Road Test Appointment at the MD MVA
Call the Mississippi Department of Public Safety for more on road test appointments and test schedules.
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B) Gather Required Documents and Mississippi License Fees
The requirements for a driver’s license are the same as they were to get your learner’s permit:
- A completed and signed application; teens younger than 18 must have their parent’s signature notarized
- Certified birth certificate (original or a certified copy, with a raised seal and issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics or State Board of Health
- Social Security card (or a printout from the Social Security Administration)
- Proof of domicile (proof of residency must contain a physical address’ see the state site for more (see the state site for more; applicants younger than 21can use documentation applying to your parents’ domicile
- Proper fees
- Current proof of insurance for your road test vehicle*
*You must provide a road test vehicle that is legally licensed and in safe working condition. Before you take the road test, an examiner will administer a motor vehicle inspection.
C) Take the Road Test
With your required documents and fees in hand, head to the MS DPS drivers license office with a validly licensed driver. After taking the test, the examiner will go over any mistakes you made.
Road Test Retakes
If the examiner cannot pass you, he will tell you how to qualify for another examination. Then you must wait at least one full day before retaking your road test.
D) Get Your Mississippi Driver's License
Intermediate License―Class Y
Once you pass the road test and meet all other requirements, you’ll receive an intermediate license. Any time you drive you must abide by a few restrictions:
You may only drive unsupervised between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., unless you are supervised by a parent, guardian or other person who:
- Is at least 21 years old
- Holds a valid drivers license
- Is seated in the front passenger seat beside you
After six months, you can upgrade to a Class R license.
Class R Drivers License
Your Class R license allows you to drive without the above restrictions. The only circumstance that could effect your driving privileges is if you can’t pass the road test without some type of aid or special equipment such as eye glasses. In that case, the state would restrict your license accordingly.