DPS trying to shorten lines for driver’s licenses

Published 12:13 am Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Getting a Mississippi’s driver’s license costs an extra dollar now, but officials say the process should soon be faster.

Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson told lawmakers Monday that the number of license-processing machines will double by the end of the month.

There have been 50 of the machines scattered at license-renewal stations around the state. Another 51 are being added in the same locations.

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The machines are used to take a driver’s photo and to update information such as the address.

A four-year driver’s license renewal now costs $21, up from $20. The extra dollar is to pay a vendor for the machines.

Simpson says the new machines are being put in place to reduce people’s waiting time. He says long lines are a problem “from Hernando to Hancock County.”