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No-test time for expired driver’s licenses extended in Mississippi

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Governor Tate Reeves has signed a bill into law that extends the period to renew a driver’s license without having to take a test.

House Bill 971, effective immediately, allows for a license to be expired for up to five years before a person would have to take a test to renew it. The previous time period for a test to be required after a license expiration was 18 months.

That’s not all it would do though.

Additionally, HB 971 prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a trafficking crime under the Mississippi Human Trafficking Act or under federal law from driving a commercial vehicle.

“Human trafficking is a vile and disgusting crime. Mississippi’s supply chains have no room for human traffickers and the individuals that perpetuate this abuse deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Reeves said. “This legislation offers another deterrent to fight against human traffickers and punish those who commit this horrendous act.”

The bill also requires the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to be responsible “for regulating a digital wallet for state agency credentials.”

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