This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Mississippi
You must obtain a learner’s permit to practice driving on Mississippi’s public roads and highways. You can either apply for a temporary learner’s permit at age 14, or get a regular learner’s permit once you are at least 15 years old.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
To get a learner’s permit, you must pass the same computer exam applicants take to get a driver’s license. Prepare by taking multiple online practice permit tests before heading to a nearby Mississippi branch. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual MS DPS test.
In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Drivers License Manual until you feel prepared enough to breeze through the actual Department of Public Safety drivers license test.
B) Gather Required Documents
Make sure you have the following before heading to a Mississippi drivers license office to take your vision and computer tests.
- A completed application (if you are younger than 17, you must also obtain notarized signatures of both parents or guardians; if your parents are divorced, the parent with custody must sign)
- 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
- Certification of School Attendance that is less than 30 days old (teens younger than 18); this must be issued by your school principal, headmaster or county Superintendent of Education or notarized by your parents if you are home-schooled
- Social Security card (or a printout from the Social Security Administration)
- Proper fees
C) Take the Mississippi License Test
With the above requirements in hand, go to a MS DPS office to take your vision and computer tests. You must correctly answer 80% of the computer exam to pass. Once you pass, you’ll receive one of the following renewable learner’s permits:
- Temporary Learner's Permit (14 Years Old)―Upgradable to a regular permit once you turn 15 years old
- Regular Learner's Permit (15 and Older)―Valid for two years