The Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Driver Service Bureau is launching a new initiative called the Jump Start program (STudents Access to Road Test) that will include computer testing and processing for first-time permits. This program will better accommodate students and parents in getting a jump start on obtaining a Mississippi driver’s license.
Beginning this summer, students may skip the wait to take a road test or computer testing for permits by simply calling or texting the Driver Service Bureau staff. For the Northern Region that is Lt. Ronny Hall at 662-416-3151.
The qualifications are simple:
1) the student must be 15 years or older and eligible for first-time permit testing and processing;
2) have a current driver’s permit for road test; and
3) be willing to schedule a time at one of the nine driver license locations.
A permit holder scheduling a road test will still have to hold his/her driver’s permit for a period of one year from the issue date before obtaining the intermediate license; however, the student will be able to skip the road test at the time of the intermediate license issuance.
If the student is ready to take the road test and has held a permit for a period of one year, he/she will also be able to obtain a license through the Jump Start program’s designated hours.
The new Jump Start dates and hours will be the 2nd and 4th Saturdays beginning in the months of June, July and August from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
This time is set aside for students only. Future dates TBD.
You may participate in the Jump Start program at Driver Service Bureau offices located in Pearl, New Albany, Batesville, Greenwood, Starkville, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, and Summit once confirmed by staff members.
The New Albany Highway Patrol office is at 1103 Bratton Rd.