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    Applying for a Teen Driver’s License in Mississippi

    In Mississippi, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the issuing of driver’s licenses. As a teen, you are required to complete various phases before you can obtain your full driver’s license.

    This page outlines the steps you need to take and driving restrictions you must follow during each phase.

    New to Mississippi?

    If you are new to the state of Mississippi and have a valid driver’s license from another state, you have 30 days to transfer it over.

    To apply, visit your local Mississippi DPS office and:

    • Complete an application form:
    • Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license OR complete an Affidavit of Inability to Surrender form, available from the MS DPS office.
    • Show your Social Security card.
    • Show your original or certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Submit a completed education attendance form issued by your school OR a DL – Application Supplement Under 17, if you’re younger than 18 years old.
      • Must be issued in the last 30 days.
    • Prove your MS residence (2 documents).
    • Pass the written test and DMV road test, if required.
    • Pass the vision exam.

    Mississippi GDL Program

    In an effort to minimize the risks associated with new drivers on the road, Mississippi has implemented a GDL license program in which prospective teen drivers must meet certain milestones before obtaining a driver’s license.

    These important milestones are both age- and experience-related. The GDL program consists of the following phases:

    • Limited learner’s permit (optional).
    • Learner’s permit.
    • Intermediate/Provisional license.
    • Regular driver’s license.

    Driver's Education in Mississippi

    While driver’s education is not a requirement in Mississippi, it is very beneficial when you’re preparing to get your first driver’s license. You can take a Driver’s Ed course in a classroom or you can opt for a more convenient online course. For more information, please refer to our Driver’s Ed in Mississippi page.

    Age Requirements

    • Limited learner's permit: 14 years old.
    • Learner's permit: 15 years old.
    • Provisional license: Eligible after holding your learner’s permit for 1 year.
    • Regular operator’s license:16 1/2 years old.

    Mississippi Learner’s Permit

    The Mississippi DPS offers two types of learner’s permits:

    • Limited learner’s permit, if you’re 14 years old.
    • Standard learner’s permit, if you’re 15 years old and older.

    Limited Learner’s Permit

    If you’re 14 years old and you’re currently enrolled in a Driver’s Ed course, you can apply for a limited learner’s permit in Mississippi.

    You’ll need to visit your local MS DPS office and:

    • Complete an application form.
      • Must be notarized by your parent(s).
    • Present your Social Security card.
    • Show your original or certified birth certificate.
    • Submit a completed education attendance form issued by your school OR a DL – Application Supplement Under 17, if you’re younger than 18 years old.
      • Must be issued in the last 30 days.
    • Show proof of your Driver’s Ed course enrollment.
    • Pay the $7 learner's permit fee.

    Your limited learner’s permit is only valid in a driver’s education vehicle with a driver’s education instructor. Once you turn 15 years old, you must apply for the standard learner’s permit before you can move on to the provisional license phase.

    Standard Learner's Permit

    If you’ve reached 15 years old, you can skip the limited learner’s permit stage and get a standard learner’s permit. Visit a Mississippi DPS office and:

    • Complete an application form.
      • Must be notarized by your parent(s).
    • Present your Social Security card.
    • Show your original or certified birth certificate.
    • Submit a completed education attendance form issued by your school OR a DL – Application Supplement Under 17, if you’re younger than 18 years old.
      • Must be issued in the last 30 days.
    • Pass the DMV written test and vision test.
    • Pay the $7 permit fee.
    DMV.org TIP: Be Properly Prepared

    An effective way to prepare for the written exam in Mississippi is to study with the assistance of an online practice test. These online practice tests have been created from material sourced directly from the Mississippi driver handbook.

    Mississippi Provisional License

    Once you’ve held your learner’s permit for 1 year, you can apply for your intermediate/provisional driver’s license. Visit your local Mississippi Department of Public Safety office location and:

    • Complete an application form.
      • Your parent(s) must be with you to sign your form.
    • Provide your learner’s permit.
    • Present your Social Security card.
    • Show your original or certified birth certificate.
    • Submit a completed education attendance form issued by your school OR a DL – Application Supplement Under 17, if you’re younger than 18 years old.
      • Must be issued in the last 30 days.
    • Pass the driving test.
    • Pay the $11 intermediate driver’s license fee.

    Provisional Driver’s License Restrictions

    With a provisional license, you’re allowed to drive unsupervised:

    • 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday.
    • 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday to Saturday.
    • At any time if traveling to and from work.

    At all other times, a parent, guardian, or other licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must supervise you. Your supervising driver must be seated next to you in the passenger seat.

    Full Unrestricted Driver’s License

    You can apply for your new driver’s license once you:

    • Have turned 16 1/2 years old.
    • Have held your intermediate driver’s license for 6 months (without any traffic convictions).

    To apply for your driver’s license visit your local MS DMV office and:

    For more information, please refer to our Applying for a New License page.

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