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    Getting Your Mississippi Learner’s Permit

    Are you aware that car accident rates among teen drivers in southern states rank among the highest in the country? Alarming facts like these are why Mississippi has started a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program where teen drivers must reach certain age- and experience-related milestone before they can get an unrestricted driver’s license.

    One of the first steps on your path to your Mississippi driver’s license is to obtain your learner’s permit. Below you will find everything you need to know, including information about Driver’s Ed and how to pass your written test on your first try with the help of an online practice test.

    You may also contact the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (601) 987-1212.

    New to Mississippi?

    If you’re new to Mississippi, be aware that the state does not transfer out-of-state learner’s permits. If you have one from your previous state, you’ll need to complete all the steps of the GDL program mentioned below.

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    Apply for an Mississippi Learner’s Permit

    Learner’s permits must be applied for and acquired at a Department of Public Safety office. To save some time, it’s a good idea to make an appointment.

    The DPS has created different requirements for obtaining a learner’s permit depending on your age. In Mississippi there are three types of learner’s permits.

    Limited Learner’s Permit – Age 14

    In order to get a limited learner’s permit, you must be 14 years old and provide proof that you are enrolled in a Driver’s Ed program administered by your school.

    NOTE: The permit you can apply for at 14 years old (know as the 14-year-old permit) is only valid in the driver’s education vehicle with your driver’s education instructor. Once you turn 15 years old, you must apply for the 15-year-old permit (see below).

    To apply for your 14-year-old permit, provide the following at your local DPS office:

    Learner’s Permit – Age 15

    To obtain this learner’s permit, you must be at least 15 years old, and show proof that you are enrolled in a Driver’s Education course provided by your school, in addition to the documents mentioned below.

    NOTE: When you turn 17 years old, you will need to follow different application requirements (please see “Learner’s Permit – Age 17 and Older” below).

    You’ll also need the following documents:

    You must hold your Mississippi learner’s permit for 12 months before you may apply for an intermediate driver's license.

    Mississippi Learner’s Permit – Age 17 and Older

    If you’re 17 years old but under 18 years old, you’re required to submit a different application form, and you must show proof that you are enrolled in a Driver’s Education course at your school.

    You’ll also need the following documents:

    Drivers 17 years old and older are exempt from the learner’s permit holding period, as well as the intermediate driver’s license requirement (see our page on Teen Licensing in Mississippi for more information).

    Note, however, that if you are under 18 years old and you do not have a high school diploma or GED, you will not be able to get a license until you turn 18 years old.

    Taking the Written Permit Exam in Mississippi

    The written permit test is based on information about Mississippi traffic laws, road signs and safe driving techniques discussed in the Mississippi Driver’s Manual. In addition to taking and passing the permit test, you will also be required to pass a vision test.

    Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements

    With your learner’s permit, you’ll be required to complete the 6 hours of dual driving instruction that is part of your driver education course. You may also be required to complete additional behind-the-wheel practice hours, as instructed by your course director.

    You can contact the Department of Public Safety at (601) 987-1212 for more information on behind-the-wheel driving requirements with your learner's permit in order to obtain a driver’s license.

    Replacing Your Learner’s Permit in Mississippi

    If you need to renew or replace your learner’s permit, you’ll need to appear at a DPS office and bring the documents that you submitted mentioned above. For more information on replacing your learner's permit, please refer to our Replacing a Lost License in MS page.

    Your Next Step: Get Your Intermediate Driver's License

    With a learner’s permit in your possession, you’re finally ready to experience life in the driver’s seat. It’s important that you use extreme caution and that you are conscious of your surroundings at all times.

    The next step in the Mississippi GDL process is to get your intermediate driver's license. For more information, please refer to our MS Teen Driver’s License page.

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