Obtaining A New Mississippi Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Mississippi? The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DPS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DPS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DPS.

3: Via a DPS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DPS office. Varying DPS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DPS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DPS allows you to make a personal appointment.




Before you can drive in Mississippi you need a full valid driver’s license. You will need to go to the DPS office when getting a new drivers license in the state. There’s no mail or online option to get your license. Click here to receive your personalized checklist and application.

Be sure to bring documentation with you when getting a new drivers license in Mississippi. Here are some of the common documents you may need prior to getting your new license in the state.

  • Social Security card
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • Birth certificate

You may also need other documents that the DPS will tell you about when you want to renew.

Under 18

Before you can get a new license if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a learner's permit first as this will allow you to practice driving.

To get a new drivers license in Mississippi, you'll need to:

  • Pass vision test
  • Pass written test
  • Pass road test
  • Pay the appropriate fee
    • Learner’s permits: $4
    • Class R drivers licenses for applicants under 18: $6
    • Class R drivers licenses for applicants older than 18: $21

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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