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.
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. Also, drivers must renew their licenses in person at least every other time of renewal.
Time limits: Drivers may renew their licenses every eight years, or for four or eight years if they will be going overseas.
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.
The DPS can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver's 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:
For information on how to report a driver who may have become unsafe, contact a local DPS office.
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.
Disability 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:
To obtain a disabled placard or plate:
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.
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.