Special Licenses in MississippiPage Overview
Special Driver's Licenses in Mississippi
Depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive or the type of driving you want to do, you may need to apply for a special driver's license or endorsement with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Some vehicles, such as large buses and trucks, usually require you to obtain a commercial driver's license.
On this page you'll find general information about some of the driver's license classes and endorsements available to you.
If you are looking for information on obtaining a regular, non-commercial driver's license, please visit our pages on:
- Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Mississippi.
- Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Mississippi.
In Mississippi, you need a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate vehicles used for commercial reasons, which may include:
The type of vehicle you want to drive determines the class of CDL you need. Mississippi's commercial driver's handbook, the "Professional Driver's Handbook," explains these classes and application procedures at length. Pick one up at your local driver's license office location.
In general, a CDL will allow you to drive:
- Heavy single vehicles and combination trucks and trailers.
- Vehicles designed to carry a large number of passengers.
- Vehicles designed to transport hazardous materials.
For more information about applying for a commercial driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New CDL in Mississippi page.
School Bus Drivers in Mississippi
To become a school bus driver, you'll generally need to:
- Obtain a CDL with a passenger and school bus endorsement.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Maintain a clean driving record.
- Pass a school bus knowledge test.
- Pass a driving skills test in the type of school bus you want to drive.
- Complete a school bus driver training and certification program.
For more information, please contact the Mississippi DMV or the local school district.
To become a taxi driver in Mississippi, you may need to satisfy specific requirements of the municipality in which you wish to drive.
Generally, you'll need to:
- Have a clean driving record.
- Pass a background check.
- Have your fingerprints taken.
- Hold a valid driver's license.
- Pass a certification or training course.
For more information, please contact the Mississippi DPS.
You must get a motorcycle endorsement on your regular Class R driver's license and be at least 17 years old to operate a motorcycle in Mississippi.
For details, and information about safety courses and helmet laws, refer to the Motorcycle License section.
Scooters and Mopeds
You need a motorcycle endorsement on your regular Class R driver's license to operate scooters and mopeds, too.
You don't need a special license or endorsement to operate an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in Mississippi. However, if you plan to operate an ATV on property other than your own, it's best to contact your local driver's license office or law enforcement agency for details about age requirements.
Need to know about ATV titles and registration? Check out our Special Vehicles in Mississippi page.