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Post Office Box 958 Jackson, Mississippi 39205

Office Address

 

District One Locations

Canton
Mayor's Office
226 East Peace Street
Canton, MS 39046
(601)859-3230
Open Thursday only
8:30-4:30

Jackson Headquarters
Department of Public Service Headquarters
1900 East Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39205
(601)987-1281
(601)987-1282
(601)987-1283
(601)987-1285
Renewals and out of state transfers, no testing at this location.
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Jackson Metro Center Mall
1101 Metro Center Mall, Space #1
Jackson, MS 39209
(601)352-6928 or
(601)352-6936
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Mendenhall
Mendenhall Police Department
167 West Maud Avenue
Mendenhall, MS 39114
(601)847-5733
Open Tuesday only
8:30-4:30

Pearl
State Highway Safety Patrol Troop C Building
3851 Highway 468
Pearl, MS 39208
(601)420-6342
CDL Station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Vicksburg
Juvenile Detention Center
1100 Grove St, Suite C
Vicksburg, MS 39180
(601)638-5441
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Yazoo City
Teen Center
1220 Jackson Ave
Yazoo City, MS 39194
(662)746-9213
Open Wednesday only
8:30-4:30

District Two Locations

Belzoni
Multiplex Building
417 Silver City Road
Belzoni, MS 39038
(662)247-0105
2nd & 4th Thursday
8:30-4:30 (closed 12:00-1:00 for lunch)
Renewals, driving & written tests
Call for test times

Cleveland
Agriculture Center
406 N. Martin Luther King Drive
(662)846-0749
Monday-Friday
8:00-5:00
Renewals, driving & written tests
Call for test times

Greenville
CDL Office Building
420 Highway 82 West
(662)332-4734
Monday-Friday
8:00-5:00
CDL written tests, driving tests & renewals
Call for test times

Greenwood
701 Highway 82 West
(662)453-5743
Monday-Friday
8:00-5:00
Renewals, driving & written tests
Call for test times

Grenada
MHP Building
2140 South Commerce
(662)226-2341
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
8:00-5:00
Renewals, driving & written tests
Call for test times

Indianola
Justice Court Building
202 Main Street
(662)887-7219
1st & 3rd Thursday
8:30-4:30 (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00)
Renewals, driving & written tests
Call for test times

Koscuisko
Coliseum
550 Highway 12 East
(662)289-5437
Tuesday
8:30-4:30 (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00)
Renewals, driving & written tests
Call for test times

Lexington
113 China Street
(662)834-4040
2nd & 4th Wednesday
8:30-4:00 (closed 12:00-1:00 for lunch)
Renewals, written & driving tests
Call for test times

Winona
Old Justice Court Building
115 North Quitman Street
(662)283-4105
1st & 3rd Wednesday
8:30-4:30 (closed 12:00-1:00 for lunch)
Renewals, written & driving tests
Call for test times

District Three Locations

Batesville
22000 A Highway 35 North
Batesville, MS 38606

(662)563-8125
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Clarksdale
144 Ritch Street
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662)624-2650
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Nesbit
159 License Drive
Nesbit, MS 38651
(662)429-5584
CDL Station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Olive Branch
6569 Cockrum Street, Building B, Suite 1
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662)890-7211
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Oxford
Highway 7 South
Oxford, MS 38655
(662)236-2066
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Ditrict Four Locations

Booneville
Westside Community Center
200 Dallison Drive
Booneville, MS 38229
(662)728-1782
Open 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month
8:30-4:30

Burnsville
38 Gross Ave.
Burnsville, MS 38833
(662)427-9526
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
8:30-4:30

Corinth
Alcorn County Sheriff's Office
2759 South Harper Road
Corinth, MS 38834
(662)286-7704
Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Fulton
Court House
201 West Main Street
Fulton, MS 38843
(662)862-7041
Open 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
8:30-4:30

Holly Springs
136 Alderson Street
Holly Springs, MS 38635
(662)252-2254
Open 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
8:30-4:30

Iuka
Rescue Squad Building
1109 Maria Lane
Iuka, MS 38852
(662)424-0058
Open Monday only
8:30-4:30

New Albany
1103 Bratton Road
New Albany, MS 38652
(662)534-8649
CDL Station
Open Monday though Friday
8:00-5:00

Pontotoc
Agri Building
Pontotoc, MS
Open Monday
8:30-4:30, Closed one hour for lunch

Ripley
752 West Section Line Street
Ripley, MS 38663
(662)837-8409
Open 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
8:30-4:30

Tupelo
635 DayBrite Drive
Tupelo, MS 38801
(662)844-2408
(662)842-3418
(662)842-3942 fax
Open Monday through Friday
8:00 to 5:00

District Five Locations

Aberdeen
City Hall
125 West Commerce Street
Aberdeen, MS 39730
(662)369-4164
Open Mondays
8:30-4:30

Amory
Monroe County Government Complex Building
1619 Highway 25 North
Amory, MS 38221
(662)256-7149
Open Wednesdays
8:30-4:30

Eupora
City Office Building
114 Highway 9 North
Eupora, MS 39744
(662)258-2567
Open Thursdays
8:30-4:30

Houston
Houston Police Department Court Room
224 E. Madison St.
Houston, MS 38851
(662)448-8139
Open Tuesdays
8:30-4:30

Louisville
Courthouse
115 South Court Street
Louisville, MS 39339
(662)773-3843
Open Monday and Friday
8:30-4:30

Lowndes
Columbus-Lowndes County Administrative Building
17 Airline Road
Lowndes, MS 39701
(662)327-1833
(662)329-1508 fax
CDL site
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Pittsboro
166 Shannon Street
Pittsboro, MS 38951
(662)412-3100
Open 4th Tuesday of the month
8:30-4:30

Starkville
Starkville Substation
987 Highway 182 East
Starkville, MS 39759
(662)323-5316
(662)323-4271 fax
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

West Point
Sheriff's Office
330 West Broad Street
West Point, MS 38821
(662)494-5152
Open Thursday and Friday
8:30-4:30

District Six Locations

Forest
477 West 3rd Street
(601)469-2101
Open Thursday and Friday
8:30-4:30

Meridian
841 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
(601)693-1926
(601)484-5521 fax
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Newton
523 Coliseum Drive
Old Highway 15 North
Newton, MS 39345
(601)683-2576
CDL Station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Philadelphia
288 West Beacon
Philadelphia, MS 39350
(601)656-6120
Open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8:30-4:30

Walnut Grove
102 Park Street
Walnut Grove, MS 39189
(601)253-0487
Open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8:30-4:30

District Seven Locations

Collins
Collins-Covington Courthouse
101 Dogwood Avenue
Collins, MS 39428
(601)765-4205
Open 1st and 3rd Tuedays of the month
8:30-4:30

Columbia
Columbia City Hall
201 Second Street
Columbia, MS 39429
(601)736-6688
Open Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:30-4:30

Hattiesburg
35 Tatum Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601)582-3814
(601)582-4744
CDL Station
Open Monday through Friday

Laurel
130 N. 12th Avenue
Laurel, MS 39443
(601)425-3802
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Prentiss
Prentiss City Library
2229 Pearl Street
Prentiss, MS 39474
(601)792-8159
Open 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
8:30-4:30

Purvis
99 Central Industrial Road
Purvis, MS 39475
(601)794-0071
Open every Monday
8:30-4:30
Waynesboro
1100 Cedar Street
Old Hospital
Waynesboro, MS 39367
(601)735-3242
Open Fridays
8:30-4:30

District Eight Locations

Bay St. Louis
3016 Longfellow Road
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
(228)467-8055
(228)467-8054
(228)467-8056 fax
CDL Station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Biloxi
16741 Hwy 67
Biloxi, MS 39532
(228)396-7400 voice
(228)396-7441 fax
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

D'Iberville
10393 Automal Parkway (MEMA trailer)
D'Iberville, MS 39540
(228)392-1183
(228)392-1740
(228)392-4870 fax
CDL Station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Lucedale
Senior Citizen Building
Lucedale, MS 39452
(601)766-0585
Open Wednesdays only
9:00-4:00

Pascagoula
Fairgrounds
2914 Shortcut Road
Pascagoula, MS 39581
(228)769-3266
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Picayune
917 Goodyear Blvd
Picaune, MS 39466
(601)799-1428
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

District Nine Locations

Brookhaven
160 Highway 84 East
Brookhaven, MS 39601
(601)833-0808
(601)833-7989 fax
CDL station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Natchez
724 Highway 61 North
Natchez, MS 39120
(601)442-4879
(601)442-0408 fax
CDL station
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Summit
708 Laurel Street
Summit, MS 39666
(601)684-2567
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-5:00

Tylertown
Walthall County Library
707 Union Road
Tylertown, MS 39667
(601)876-4609
Open 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month
8:30-4:30

Woodville
Wilkinson County Extenstion Office
982 Second South Street
Woodville, MS 39669
(601)888-6808
Open 2nd Thursday of the month
8:30-4:30

Contact Number

(601) 987-1212

Choose Your License

In Mississippi, a Class R driver’s license allows first-time drivers and new Mississippi residents to drive regular passenger vehicles in the state, and a Class LP learner’s permit is the first step in that direction―even if you’re over 17 and don’t have to keep it for any specific length of time.

However, before beginning the application process, take note of all the licenses the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers:

  • Class D Non-Commercial Licenses allow you to operate non-commercial vehicles that aren’t quite “regular” passenger vehicles (taxis, etc.) .
  • Class E Motorcycle Permits and Endorsements allow you to operate motorcycles.
  • Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs) include Class A, B, and C licenses and allow you to operate commercial vehicles.

NOTE: If you’re under the age of 18, you must comply with Mississippi’s own version of the graduated driver licensing (GDL) system. This means, in addition to a Class LP learner’s permit, you must also get a Class Y intermediate license before you’re ready for full driving privileges. Please visit our Teen Drivers section for more details.

Take a Driver’s Education Course

Younger than 15―You’re only required to take a state-approved driver education course if you plan to apply for your Class LP learner’s permit at 14 ½ years old.

15 and Older―You aren’t required to take a driver education course, but enrolling in a supplemental training course certainly helps prepare you for your tests and for driving.

Prepare for the Test

Mississippi’s Driver’s Manual will definitely come in handy once you’re ready to begin studying, and you can pick up a copy at your local driver license location for $2. Once you’ve studied it, consider testing yourself with a few practice tests.

Locate a DPS Driver License Location

Your local DPS driver license location is where you’ll take your written tests and driving skills tests. You can call ahead to make an appointment or ask about hours and test schedules.

Make Test-Day Preparations

Whether you’re testing for your learner’s permit, your driver’s license, or both, be prepared to:

  • Contact your nearest driver license station to ask about appointments, hours, and test schedules.
  • Complete an Application for Mississippi Driver’s License.
  • Present your Social Security card or a document from the Social Security Administration.
  • Show your birth certificate.
  • Present proof of domicile.
  • Pass the required vision, written, and/or driving skills tests.
  • Pay the appropriate fee (learner’s permits are $4, Class R driver’s licenses for applicants under 18 are $6, and Class R driver’s licenses for applicants older than 18 are $21).

NOTE: If you’re younger than 18, you must also present a Certification of School Attendance.

Take the Written Test

Unless you’re a new Mississippi resident with a valid out-of-state license who simply needs to exchange for a Mississippi driver’s license, you must take the written test. Because not all stations offer every service, it’s best to contact your local driver license station to ask about services, appointments, and hours.

In addition to making sure you have all the required documents, paperwork, and fees―and possibly taking a supplemental training course―you can also prepare for your written test when you study the Mississippi’s Driver’s Manual.

NOTE: DPS driver license locations offer audio testing for applicants with special needs.

Once You Pass

Once you pass the written test, you will get your learner’s permit. As long as you’re at least 17 years old, you can immediately take your driving skills test (if time is available).

If You Fail

You are allowed to take your written test three times during a one-month period. If you fail all three times, you must wait 30 days to take the test again.

Get a Car

If you took a driver education course, chances are your instructor provided a vehicle for practice; however, now that you’re ready to take your driving test and make use of your driver’s license, you’ll need to get your own vehicle.

Make sure you purchase a vehicle that fits your lifestyle needs. If you do a lot of traveling, look into a car that gets good gas mileage. If you have a big family, perhaps you need a vehicle with plenty of room. And, if you’re looking for something especially affordable, consider purchasing a used vehicle. Given how easy it is to get a vehicle history report, you can make sure you’re getting a good buy―and not someone else’s problem.

Get Car Insurance

Mississippi requires all drivers to have insurance policies that meet certain minimum liability coverage requirements. We thoroughly cover those requirements, as well as help you shop for the best rate, at our Insurance Center.

Take the Driving Skills Test

Except for new residents with valid out-of-state licenses, everyone must take the driving skills test. Call ahead to find a driver license station that offers driving skills tests. You may need to make an appointment, or find out specific hours and test schedules.

You must bring your own vehicle for the driving skills test, and you must be able to show proof of insurance for that vehicle. Our Insurance Center can help you make sure your policy meets Mississippi’s minimum liability insurance requirements.

NOTE: The driver license station won’t administer your driving skills test if a licensed driver doesn’t drive you to the station.

Once You Pass

You will receive your Mississippi driver’s license immediately upon passing the driving skills test.

If You Fail

If you fail the driving skills test, you may be able to try again the next available day; however, this is always at the discretion of the examiner.

Receive Your License in the Mail

Conveniently, Mississippi drivers receive their licenses as soon as they pass their driving skills tests. Still, it’s best to keep your most current mailing address on file with the DPS for other correspondence.

Non-Citizens

Mississippi recognizes valid out-of-country driver’s licenses, but it’s also a good idea to get an International Driver's Permit (IDP) from your home country before you leave.

If you decide to establish residency, you must apply for a Mississippi driver’s license.

How to Apply as a Non-Citizen

You’ll follow the same application process as listed above (with the exception of presenting a Social Security card), and you must also be prepared to show your:

  • Birth certificate (a state-run university must translate it first).
  • Your passport.
  • Your I-94 card.
  • Your proof of domicile.
  • Either your I-20 or your DS-2019.
  • Any other valid immigration papers the DPS requests.

Your driver’s license will be valid for one year.

Determine the Status of Your License

You always need a current driver's license to operate a vehicle, so a mandatory renewal is required every four years.

Car insurance is also mandatory―the state determines the dollar minimums for each type of insurance coverage you need. If you're ready for a change, you can shop online for a carrier and compare rates at our Insurance Center.

Valid License

Owning a valid Class R license requires renewing every four years. You have two renewal options:

  • Online
  • In person

Ordering a driving record report will clarify any doubts regarding the status of your license.

NOTE: The license renewal process for commercial drivers differs from Class R licenses.

Expired License

Renewing an expired license comes with a $1 late fee. For more information, contact your local driver license location.

You may renew:

  • In person
  • Online, if your license has not been expired for more than one year

If you have doubts as to whether you're driving with an expired license, find out by ordering a driving record report.

Suspended License

Driving with a suspended license is not advised. To learn about the current status of your suspended or revoked license, give some thought to ordering a driving record report.

If and when you're reinstated, you may want to consider looking for an insurance carrier that won't penalize you for having a suspension with sky-high premiums.

Lost License

It's imperative that you immediately replace a lost or stolen license by applying for a duplicate.

Check Your Renewal Notice

Keep a keen eye on your license's expiration date, for the state does not send out renewal notices.

Renew Online

You can renew online under certain circumstances. You cannot renew online if:

  • Your current address is different from the one printed on your license.
  • You used the online option for your last renewal.
  • You're younger than 18 (within two months of turning 18 is okay) or older than 71.

Pay using MasterCard or Visa. In addition to the $21 renewal fee, you'll also be charged a $2.37 online fee and $1.50 for postage and handling.

Your new license should arrive in the mail within 12 days. If it does not arrive, contact the Department of Public Safety.

NOTE: You may renew online up to six months prior to your license's expiration.

Renew By Mail

Not an option.

Renew in Person

Visit your local driver license location with:

  • Your expiring license.
  • A check or cash to pay the $21 renewal fee.

Update Your Driving Skills

Renewing a license does not mean renewing your driving skills. Enrolling in a supplemental driving school course will hone your road-awareness and, depending on your insurance carrier, could lower your rates.

If your carrier does not acknowledge driving school courses, you always have the option of shopping for a new insurance company that does.

Lost your license? You can apply for a duplicate Mississippi driver's license in person or online through the Department of Public Safety. If you apply for a duplicate online, all information must be the same, no changes will be made, and the license will be mailed to the address on the lost license.

Acceptable Forms of ID

If you apply in person at your local driver's license office, you will need to provide two forms of identification. You can either supply two of the following documents from Group 1, or one from Group 1 and one from Group 2.

Primary Group

  • Driver's license (as long as it has not expired in the last six months).
  • Original or certified birth certificate (from the Bureau of Vital Statistics or State Board of Health bearing a raised seal).
  • State-issued identification card (as long as it has not expired in the last six months).
  • Certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS―formerly called Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS) documents (check with the state regarding specific documents).
  • Court order, such as for adoption or name or sex changes (but the order must contain your full name and date of birth).
  • Military identification.
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian passport (passports issued from any other country must be accompanied by appropriate USCIS documentation).

Secondary Group

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Card or Indian Treaty Card (tribal identification cards will not be accepted).
  • Court order that does not include your birth date.
  • Employer identification card.
  • Foreign birth certificate (translated by a state-approved translator).
  • Health insurance card.
  • IRS or state tax forms (W-2s will not work).
  • Marriage certificate or license.
  • Hospital or doctor medical records.
  • Military dependent identification.
  • Military discharge or separation papers.
  • Affidavit from a parent or guardian (he or she must show up in person and submit a certified or notarized affidavit stating that he or she is the parent or guardian).
  • Photo gun permit.
  • Pilot's license.
  • Certified school record or transcript.
  • Social Security card (nonmetal).
  • Student identification card with a photo.
  • Vehicle title or registration.
  • Voter registration card.

Proof of Residency

Along with the identification required, you will also need to provide proof that you reside in the state of Mississippi. The following might work: electric or water bill, lease agreement, vehicle-registration receipt, mortgage documents, homestead exemption receipt, bank statement, notarized employer verification on company letterhead (with a phone number) that states your address, your parent or guardian's state driver's license (valid for those who are under 21).

Fees

The cost to receive a duplicate license in Mississippi is $6. The second time you lose it and apply for a duplicate license, you will pay $11.

When You're Away

If you lose your license while traveling to another state or country, you don't have a lot of options. You'll either have to wait until you return to Mississippi to go in person to a driver's license office, or you can get the ball rolling by applying for a duplicate license online. Your new license will be sent to the address on file within 10 to 12 business days; someone at that address will have to then forward your license to you wherever you are staying.

If your address has changed or you don't know certain information―such as your driver's license number―you have no other choice but to apply for a duplicate in person.

It's a good idea when traveling to carry photocopies of your driver's license in a safe place, as well as another form of identification, such as your passport.

Changing your address in Mississippi requires that you visit your local driver's license office in person. If you change your address during your regular renewal time, there is no additional fee; if you change between renewals, you will be charged a $5 duplicate license fee.

You will need to furnish your current license and documentation showing your change of address. Typically, the items needed to prove your residency will work:

  • Electric or water bill
  • Lease agreement
  • Vehicle registration receipt
  • Mortgage documents
  • Homestead exemption receipt
  • Bank statement
  • Notarized employer verification on company letterhead (with a phone number) that states your address
  • The state driver's license of a parent or guardian (valid for those who are under 21)

Notify the State

After you legally change your name, you'll need to update the information on your driver's license or ID card, vehicle title, and vehicle registration.

Driver's License and ID Card

To change your name on your Mississippi driver's license or ID, visit your local driver's license office and submit your current driver's license along with a certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing your name change. The fee is $5 unless you make the change when you renew your license, in which case only the renewal charge will apply.

You are not required to present an updated Social Security card, unless you plan to use the card as proof of identity. Visit Social Security Online for more information about affecting a name change on your Social Security card.

Vehicle Registration and Title

When you change your name, you'll also need to change your vehicle registration and title to reflect that change. Visit your local tax commissioner's office to request an application. You'll need to present a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing your name change.

The fee is $5.

Vehicle Registration

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