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    The Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles (MS DMV) is the state agency responsible for vehicle registration, driver’s licenses, and other motor vehicle-related services in Mississippi. The MS DMV is part of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR).To obtain a driver’s license or renew a vehicle registration in Mississippi, residents must interact with the MS DMV. The department has several physical locations across the state, including offices in Jackson, Batesville, and Hattiesburg. Residents can also access many DMV services online through the DPS Driver Self-Service Portal.Through the MS DMV, Mississippi residents can:

    • Apply for a new driver’s license or ID card
    • Renew an existing driver’s license or ID card
    • Replace a lost or stolen driver’s license or ID card
    • Update their address on their driver’s license or ID card
    • Request a driving record or motor vehicle record
    • Register a new vehicle or renew a vehicle registration
    • Transfer the title of a vehicle

    The official website for the Mississippi government, MS.gov, provides information and links to access these DMV services. Residents can also find their nearest DMV office location and contact information on the MS.gov website.

    What services does Mississippi DMV offer

    • Apply for a new driver’s license or ID card1
    • Renew an existing driver’s license or ID card
    • Replace a lost or stolen driver’s license or ID card
    • Update address on driver’s license or ID card
    • Request a driving record or motor vehicle records
    • Register a new vehicle or renew a vehicle registration
    • Transfer the title of a vehicle
    • Schedule an appointment for the Mississippi Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) road skills test

    The MS DMV services are provided through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) for driver’s licenses and the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) for vehicle registration and titles. Residents can access many of these services online through the DPS Driver Self-Service Portal.

    Mississippi DMV appointment

    If you’re planning a trip to the Mississippi Department of Public safety (DPS) be sure that you have the paperwork you need and to avoid long wait times, it’s best to schedule an appointment before visiting your local Mississippi DMV office. You can make an appointment online or by calling the DMV. When you visit the DMV, be sure to bring all of the required paperwork with you, including proof of residency, identification, and vehicle registration. You will also need to take a written test if you are applying for a driver’s license for the first time. Depending on the services you need, your visit to the DMV may take some time. However, by scheduling an appointment ahead of time, you can help ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

    Steps to schedule an appointment at Mississippi DMV

    1. Find the nearest DMV office.
      The first step is to find the nearest DMV office. You can do this by visiting the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website and entering your zip code into the Office Locations tool.
    2. Gather the required documents.
      Before you can schedule an appointment, you must gather the required documents. For a list of required documents, please see the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website.
    3. Call the DMV office to schedule an appointment.
      Once you have gathered the required documents, you will need to call the DMV office to schedule an appointment. The phone number for the office can be found on the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website.
    4. Arrive at your appointment on time.
      Be sure to arrive at your appointment on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment may be rescheduled.
    5. Bring your required documents with you to your appointment.
      When you come to your appointment, be sure to bring all of the required documents with you. If you do not have all of the required documents, your appointment may be rescheduled.
    6. Complete the application for a driver’s license or ID card.
      When you arrive at your appointment, you will need to complete an application for a driver’s license or ID card. The application can be found on the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website.
    7. Pass the vision test.
      All applicants must pass a vision test before they can be issued a driver’s license or ID card in Mississippi. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, be sure to bring them with you to your appointment so that you can take the vision test.

    8 . Pass the written test .
    All applicants must also pass a written test before they can be issued a driver’s license or ID card in Mississippi . The written test covers topics such as road signs and traffic laws . You can find study materials for the written test on the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website .
    9 . Pay the required fee .

    There is a fee for applying for a driver’s license or ID card in Mississippi . The fee can be paid by cash , check , money order , or credit card . For more information about payment methods , please see the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website .

    How to register a vehicle in Mississippi

    To register a vehicle in Mississippi, residents must follow these steps:

    1. Gather Required Documents:
      • State-issued photo identification
      • The car’s title (if there’s a lien, provide the name and address of the lien holder)
      • The current out-of-state registration (if applicable)
      • An odometer reading
      • Payment for the registration fee
    2. Visit the Local Tax Collector’s Office:
      • For new residents, apply for registration within 30 days of establishing residency. Failure to register within this timeframe may result in a $250 fine.
      • For vehicles purchased from a dealership, the dealer will typically handle the title and registration application. However, it’s recommended to confirm this arrangement before leaving the dealership.
      • For vehicles purchased from a private party, the resident is responsible for handling the registration. This must be done within 7 business days of the purchase date. If the purchase is made in a different county from the resident’s home county, there is an additional 48 hours to register.
    3. Complete the Registration Process:
      • At the tax collector’s office, provide the required documents and pay the registration fee.
      • If the vehicle is purchased from a private party, the resident must also provide the signed-over title, odometer reading (if purchased from another state), and the vehicle identification number (VIN) to help calculate taxes
    4. Temporary Vehicle Tags:
      • If buying a vehicle from a dealership, residents can purchase a temporary tag, also known as a drive-out tag, which is valid for 7 business days.
    5. Transferring a Vehicle Registration:
      • Standard Mississippi license plates belong to both the vehicle and the owner. These plates are not transferable from one vehicle to another. If the owner sells the vehicle, the license plate becomes invalid and must be surrendered to the local tax collector.
    6. Vehicle Registration Fees:
      • The Mississippi vehicle registration fees are based on the vehicle’s model year, the resident’s county of residence, and other individual factors. The base fees and taxes are listed below, but residents should contact their local tax collector’s office to determine their specific rates.
      • Passenger vehicle registration fee: $14
      • MS Road and Bridge Privilege Tax rates:
        • Passenger vehicles: $15
        • Pickup trucks: $7.20
        • Motorcycles: $8
      • Ad valorem, sales, and use taxes may also apply based on the vehicle’s type and value, and the resident’s town or county of residence

    What documents are required to register a vehicle

    To register a vehicle in Mississippi, the following documents are required:

    • Proof of ownership (title)
    • Mississippi driver’s license or state identification card
    • Vehicle registration application
    • Lease agreement (if leasing the vehicle)
    • Proof of insurance
    • Payment for registration fees and taxes

    Find a DMV office near you

    If you want to know where is the nearest DMV office, you can get it here:

    Mississippi DPS offices

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