Mississippi DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re getting ready to apply for your Mississippi driver’s license, then you’ll want to make sure you pick up a copy of the official Mississippi Driver’s Handbook as soon as possible, as all of the information covered by your written knowledge test will be included in that handbook. Many people also find it helpful to add a practice test to their study routine in order to really be sure of what the testing experience will be like. The following FAQ may further help you anticipate what you can expect from the experience of dealing with the Mississippi DMV and applying for your license.
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How old do I need to be before I’m eligible for a Mississippi driver’s license?
Every U.S. state has its own set of rules as far as how old you must be before you can get a learner’s permit, but in Mississippi the minimum age of eligibility if 15. Restricted permits are also available to people 14 years of age if they can prove eligibility.
What documents should I bring with me to the DMV when I apply for my driver’s license?
What you’ll need to bring with you varies according to how old you are. If you are under 18 years old, make sure you bring:
  • A complete application with a notarized signature from one of your parents
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • Your social security card
  • A signed certificate verifying school attendance
If you are 18 years old or older, then you should bring:
  • A completed driver’s license application
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate
  • Your social security card
  • Proof of your residency in the state of Mississippi
If you’re not sure whether or not something you’d like to bring in order to fulfill the above requirements will be deemed appropriate, then make sure you check with a DMV field office rep in advance to make sure. Otherwise, you will be required to return at a later date with the proper paperwork in hand.
If I’m an underage driver, do my parents need to bring me to my application appointment?
Make sure a licensed driver that is at least 21 years of age brings you to your appointment. Most underage drivers choose to bring one of their parents or a legal guardian, as they’ll be required to show consent by signing the application form. However, you can bring a notarized application form and arrive with an alternative driver if you wish.
Does Mississippi require me to pass a physical before I can get my license?
Some states require you to pass a physical, but Mississippi is no longer one of them. You will, however, be required to pass a vision test. Make sure you bring any prescription eyewear you may legally be required to wear to your appointment, as you will be tested the same day you turn in your application.
Are there any restrictions on how I can wear my hair for my driver’s license photo?
You are advised to wear your hair and/or fix your make-up the way you normally would on an everyday basis. The only real requirement is that your hair not be covering your eyes or face. However, if you normally wear your hair up or pulled back, you are free to wear it that way for your photo.
What happens next once I get my learner’s permit?
Once you successfully obtain your learner’s permit, it’s time to start getting some hands on behind the wheel practice under supervision. The driver that supervises you does not necessarily have to be a parent or legal guardian, but they do have to be 21 years of age or older. If you are under 17 years of age, you’ll need to hold your learner’s permit for at least 12 months before you can take your road test. If you’re 17 years old or older, then you are free to take your road test whenever you feel ready to do so – even if you prefer to take it on the exact same day you pass your written knowledge test and get your permit. It’s completely up to you.
Am I required to take driver’s education courses in Mississippi before I can get my permit and license?
No. Driver’s education is not required in the state of Mississippi, but they are strongly recommended. Driver’s ed helps provide beginning drivers and teen drivers with valuable skills that will benefit them and get them started on the right foot.
What is the difference between a provisional driver’s license and a full unrestricted driver’s license? What restrictions should I be aware of?
Once you have your provisional driver’s license, you no longer need to drive on a supervised basis during the following hours:
  • 6AM – 10PM from Sunday through Thursday
  • 6AM – 11:30PM from Friday to Saturday
  • Any time of day, so long as you’re driving to or from work or school
Any other time, you’ll need to make sure you drive with a supervising driver that is at least 21 years of age. Make sure your supervising driver is seated next to you in the front passenger seat at all times.
I’m new to Mississippi. What do I need to know about the process of transferring my out of state license?
If you are a new Mississippi resident, you have 60 days to complete the process of transferring your out of state driver’s license. In order to do so, make sure you:
  • Surrender your out of state license
  • Show your social security card, a certified copy of your birth certificate, and (if you are under 17) an education attendance form from your school.
  • Proof of your residency in the state of Mississippi
You will also need to take the Mississippi written knowledge test, as well as a vision test. Most people simply transferring out of state privileges will not need to take a road test. However, you should come prepared to do so anyway, as it’s ultimately at the DMV’s discretion.
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