Mississippi Driving Laws for Seniors and Older Drivers

Learn about driving provisions and special programs focused on keeping both Mississippi's older drivers and roadways safe.

Most of the myriad rules and regulations enforced by the Mississippi  Department of Public Safety (DPS)  apply to drivers of all ages and stages—and the state claims it imposes no special rules on drivers based on age alone.

However, a couple of the Mississippi rules seem to focus on identifying and handling older drivers who may have become unsafe behind the wheel.

Specifically, Mississippi:

  • requires drivers age 75 and older to renew their licenses in person, and
  • accepts requests from interested parties to conduct unsafe driver investigations.

License Renewal Rules for Older Drivers

Drivers between the ages of 17 and 75 may be able to renew their licenses at a  self-service kiosk  by swiping their expiring driver’s licenses or credit cards. Those 75 and older must renew in person at a  local DPS office.

Time limits:  Beginning October, 2011, drivers must renew their licenses every eight years; before that, the renewal period was every four years—so some drivers will be folding into the longer renewal cycle over time.

Vision  test:  Required at in-person renewal. DPS personnel will conduct a test free.

Written  test:  May be required at renewal if DPS has indications of possible driver impairment.

Road  test:  May be required at renewal if DPS has indications of possible driver impairment.

Possible License Restrictions

The DPS can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver license after administering a driving test and discussing possible restrictions with him or her.

The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses.

In Mississippi, other common requirements the DPS may impose on older drivers include:

  • no freeway driving
  • an additional right side mirror on a vehicle
  • no nighttime driving
  • time of day restrictions—for example, no driving during rush hour traffic
  • supports to ensure a proper driving position
  • geographic area restrictions, and
  • wearing bioptic telescopic lens when driving.

How to Request an Unsafe Driver Investigation in Mississippi

For information on how to report a driver who may have become unsafe, contact a  local DPS office.

How to Get a License Reinstated

In Mississippi, the procedure for getting a license reinstated differs depending on the reason the license was suspended or revoked. For specific information, contact one of the DPS  Driver Safety Offices  located throughout the state.

How to Get Parking Placards or License Plates for a Disabled Driver

Disabled person parking placards and license plates can be issued to drivers with impaired mobility if a licensed medical practitioner certifies the condition.

The placards and plates are available individuals who:

  • cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest
  • cannot walk without assistance
  • have severe lung disease
  • use potable oxygen
  • have a severe cardiac condition, or
  • are severely limited in the ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.

To obtain a disabled placard or plate:

Learn More About Mississippi Driving Rules for Seniors

The  DPS website  contains basic information about the agency’s services for Mississippi drivers. Of special interest is the “Mississippi Driver’s Manual,” which includes driving safety tips and a summary of local rules of the road.

Where to Find a Lawyer for Help

You can use  Nolo’s Lawyer Directory  to find a local lawyer experienced in representing older people who need help with  auto accidents  or  traffic tickets  in Mississippi.

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