Call Your Legislator For Change At The Drivers License Bureau

Last week, at our request, State Representative Roger Ishee toured the Drivers License Bureau on Three Rivers Road.

Afterwards, he told WLOX News, "I am not only disappointed, I am disgusted at the fact that we go to this dump out here to get a driver's license and have to wait three to four hours. And some people have jobs, and they have to leave and come back and go through it two or three times. We need to do something about it."

WLOX News has covered the problem at the Drivers License Bureau and in an August editorial we called for change. Now, we are not only asking for change, we want answers.

Representative Ishee says the state legislature authorized 15 more positions in the state drivers license bureau and he wonders, "Where they were placed?" Apparently not in Gulfport. Why not?

If you have had to visit the drivers license bureau, you know they need more help. On our most recent visit, three people were working, but only two were in the office. One was in charge of driving tests and thus was out giving tests most of the day. That left two people to handle the hundreds of people seeking to renew or get a new license. The result: hours and hours of waiting.

We urge all of you to call your local legislator and express your concerns about this deplorable situation. Get your legislator to link their voices with Representative Ishee. If enough of our legislators complain to the Chief of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, something will be done.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager