Mississippi Considers More Drivers License Offices

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(Nesbit, MS) Amanda Bumpous says if you want to get your driver’s license, you should pack a lunch.

First, she lives in Tate County which has no driver’s license office, so she drives to DeSoto which is about a 30 minute drive.

And then Bumpous says there’s the wait, ”I came in here last Monday to get my permit and it was pretty crowded I had to wait an hour. It can be worse than that. It can be 2 or 3 hours sitting here."

Mississippi lawmakers want that to change.

A bill making its way through the legislature would open a driver’s license office in every county at least one day a month.

The bill already passed the House and almost all lawmakers seem to support it.

There’s only one catch, lawmakers haven’t yet figured out how to pay for it.

”We would definitely like to make it happen, if we’re not having to take money away from other things. It’s still under debate. We’re looking at it in both appropriations and we’re looking at it from a manpower standpoint,” said Senator David Parker of Olive Branch.

Still, the popularity of the idea has them looking so the 37 Counties that don’t have offices can get them.

It would take pressure off the DeSoto office, and give folks in Tate, Marshall, Benton and other Counties more options.

”I think it would take the pressure off, so the people from Tate could go to their place and DeSoto could go to their place or wherever you go where they need to go” said Bumpous.

That would make for a shorter trip, and a shorter wait.