In Mississippi, you can get a learner’s permit (aka temporary permit) at age 15—or 14, while enrolled in a driver’s ed course. You’ll need to pass a test, provide proof of school enrollment, and pay $7 to get your permit.
At 14, you can get a temporary driver’s ed permit if you enroll in driver’s ed
At 15, you can get a learner’s permit with proof of school enrollment
To get your learner’s permit, you must pay $7 and submit paperwork that proves your identity
Young drivers are subject to certain limitations in Mississippi
You must be at least 15 years old to qualify for a Mississippi learner’s permit. You must also be able to provide proof of school enrollment.
Firstly, figure out which type of learner’s permit in Mississippi you qualify for.
The two main types are the Driver Education Temporary Permit and the regular Temporary Permit.
Driver Education Temporary Permit: A full-time secondary student enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 and at least 14 years old may apply for this permit. This instructional permit is only available to students enrolled in an approved driver education course, although no 14-year-old may take a test for a Temporary Permit without behind-the-wheel instruction. This permit is valid for one year and, if the driver is under 15, it’s only valid while accompanied by a driving instructor.
Temporary Permit: All drivers over the age of 15 who don’t have a license must get this permit before taking the driving test. It is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. This permit will be stamped “LPDE” if the driver participates in a driver education course. Once the driver has held their permit for at least six months, they can road test for an intermediate license.
The intermediate license is a third type of permit in Mississippi’s graduated licensing system. This permit allows young drivers to legally drive between 6 AM and 10 PM without a licensed driver. However, between 10 PM and 6 AM, these drivers can only drive when accompanied by a licensed driver over 21 in the front seat. The intermediate license is valid for six months or until the driver turns 17, at which point they can apply for a full unrestricted license.
Are you 17 or older? If so, you are not required to hold a permit for 12 months. You can get your learner’s permit and full driver’s license on the same day.
Do you have an out-of-state learner’s permit? You can apply when you’ve already had your out-of-state learner’s permit toward Mississippi’s 12-month requirement. However, you must still pass the vision, written, and road tests.
To start the process of getting your learner’s permit, enroll in a driver’s education course approved by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). You can also study the
with the DPS to apply for your Mississippi learner’s permit. Then, you can start to gather and fill out the necessary paperwork to prove your identity, residency, and school enrollment status, such as:
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