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Mississippi Driver's License Penalties & Traffic Violations
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) keeps track of your driving history on your driving record. A driving record keeps track of the traffic offenses you've committed, how many offenses currently count against your driving privilege, and the status of your driver's license.
If you commit a major traffic offense or have a history of committing a lot of minor traffic offenses, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) will likely suspend, revoke, or cancel your MS driver's license.
Additionally, too many traffic offenses can lead to fines, reinstatement fees, and defensive driving/driver improvement course requirements.
If you have specific questions about a pending traffic offense or the status of your Mississippi driver's license, you should contact the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) office .
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Many states have a point system to penalize bad drivers. Depending on the severity of their infraction, each violation racks up points on their driving record. After accumulating so many points, these drivers risk high insurance premiums and even the suspension or loss of their driving privileges. However, in Mississippi, no such point system exists.
This does not mean that traffic violators get off scot-free. Each ticket issued to a driver goes on his/her driving record, accessible to potential employers and to the insurance company. If you fail to pay traffic tickets within the required time period, your MS driver's license will be suspended. It's important to remember that the reinstatement of a driver's license is often time consuming and costly.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Mississippi driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. If your driver's license has been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record with the Mississippi DPS. This report will also show how many traffic offenses count against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
Ordering your driving record can be useful after you've received a traffic ticket and have been convicted of a traffic offense. You can use it to keep track of your own driver's license status before you face penalties with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety or your car insurance company.
Every time you commit a traffic offense or receive a driver's license suspension, there is a good chance that your car insurance rates will increase. If you find your rates have gone up, you should consider talking with your car insurance provider about opportunities you may have to earn a safe driver discount and lower your car insurance costs.
You may be able to earn a discount when you enroll in a defensive driving course/traffic school voluntarily. Most courses provide you with a good refresher on:
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