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Department of Public Safety reopens offices

As of Monday, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety has opened offices in Picayune, Kiln, Biloxi and Gautier to provide limited services at all permanent driver license stations, according to a departmental release. The offices will be operating under recommended social distancing guidelines.
As such, anyone coming to the office nearest to them is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask while in the driver license station.
During this time, the following services will only be available at permanent driver license stations:
— CDL transactions
— Out of state transfers
— New credentials
— New identification card credentials
— Security guard permits (available on Wednesdays only)
— Sex Offender Registration
— Student permit tests
— Reinstatements
— Non-U.S. citizens
—Ignition-Interlock Restricted Licenses
Services that will not be available at those offices include renewal and duplicate driver licenses, ID cards, and address changes. Those services will not be available at the offices until further notice. However, the public can find those services online via any computer, tablet, or mobile phone at www.dps.ms.gov and the Driver Service Bureau link, the release states.
“Customers will be required to visit stations on days of the week according to the first letter of their last name, except for ‘Walk-In Wednesdays,’” the release states. Daily schedules for those required visits are as follows:
— Monday, A-E
— Tuesday, F-L
— Walk-In Wednesday
— Thursday, M-S
— Friday T-Z
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, road tests for drivers younger than 18 will require an affidavit to be completed by parent or guardian certifying the young driver has completed 50 hours of supervised driving time, the release states. Affidavits for this purpose and additional information concerning the reopening of these offices, can be found at www.dps.ms.gov.