Driver's license kiosks coming to Gulfport, D'Iberville

By Ashley Conroy

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - It looks like an ATM, it acts like an ATM, but it's actually the newest way to renew your driver's license in Mississippi. And our state is leading the nation with the new technology.

"We'll be the first 24 hour, seven day a week, 365 day a year access for Mississippians to renew or replace a driver's license identification card," Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson said.

Governor Haley Barbour commends the pilot program, and can't wait to see it in all 82 counties throughout the state.

"Before you know it, we'll have this in play in virtually every county in the state, and available to lots and lots of Mississippians who will save time by doing it this way," Barbour said.

It's a three step process. First, you swipe your old license and type in the last four digits of your social security number. Then, you swipe your credit card. Finally, the machine takes your picture and mails your new license in several days.

The kiosk can't be used if a home address or other key information has changed since the last renewal. And it's a few dollars more than before, but Commissioner Steve Simpson said the time you save is worth a few dollars.

"I have a 16-year-old daughter. For anyone who's renewed a license or obtained a license recently, this is a great step forward," Simpson said.

The kiosks will be located in Jackson, Tupelo, Olive Branch, Hattiesburg, Gulfport and D'Iberville. And more kiosks will be placed around the state in 2010.

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