Supervised Driving in Mississippi
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Mississippi Driver's Training
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license in Mississippi, you'll need to practice supervised driving while you hold your learner's permit to satisfy the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) young driver requirements.
You can also choose to complete a Driver's Ed/driver's training program while you hold your learner's permit. A professional driver's training course will provide you with hands-on training from a certified driving instructor.
If you choose to complete a driver's education/driver's training course, you'll have the benefit of having your driving critiqued by a licensed professional. Professional driver's training may give you an edge on your DMV driving test and help you to better take on the responsibilities and challenges of a new driver.
On this page you'll find information about your supervised driver's training requirements and what you need to do to get your first unrestricted driver's license.
MS Behind-the-Wheel Requirements
If you are younger than 17 years old, you'll need to obtain a learner's permit and gain driving experience before you can obtain an unrestricted MS driver's license.
You can begin your supervised driving practice once you obtain your regular learner's permit (eligible at 15 years old). For more information, please visit our Driver's Permits in Mississippi page.
If you want to gain driving experience when you are just 14 years old, you can enroll in a driver's education course and obtain a driver's education (limited) learner's permit.
For more information about enrolling in driver's education/driver's training, please visit our Driver's Ed in Mississippi page.
Mississippi Driver's Training Course
To obtain a limited learner's permit when you are 14 years old, you'll need to first be enrolled in a Mississippi driver's education course.
Your driver's education course will consist of:
- 30 hours of classroom training.
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with your driving instructor.
Once you have your limited learner's permit, you can begin the behind-the-wheel component of your course.
Completing driver's education will help you gain safe and responsible driving habits and help you pass your driving test.
Mississippi Behind-the-Wheel Practice
When you turn 15 years old, you can obtain your regular learner's permit. Once you have this, you'll be able to begin supervised driving practice with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
You'll need to hold your learner's permit for at least 12 months and gain enough behind-the-wheel driving experience to pass your Mississippi DPS driving test.
While there is no minimum requirement for the amount of supervised driving hours you must complete, the driving skills you develop during this period are crucial to being a responsible driver. The more you practice, the better prepared you should be for your driving test.
Next Steps - Getting Your Provisional License
You'll be able to take your driving test and advance to your provisional driver's license after you have held your learner's permit for at least 12 months.
For more information about any additional documents, forms and fees you'll need to submit to the Mississippi DPS to get your driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Mississippi page.