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Mississippi Public Records

Mississippi Public RecordsAlthough Mississippi is considered a closed records state, records are available to the public. This is due to the fact that Mississippi birth records, death and marriage records are restricted. These can be requested by authorized individuals from the Department of Health. Mississippi divorce records, available through the Chancery Court that heard the case, are part of Mississippi public record, as are court records. Both civil and criminal court records are available through the individual Circuit Courts in person. Mississippi criminal records are protected, although a person may request his own criminal record for review purposes, which requires fingerprints, from the Department of Health. The Mississippi Archives in Jackson provide public access to Mississippi public records like vital, cemetery and military records and obituaries.

  • Mississippi death records, marriage and birth records are restricted. Authorized individuals may request copies from the Department of Health in person, by mail or online through VitalChek.
  • Mississippi divorce records should be requested in person from the Chancery Court that oversaw the case.
  • Mississippi court records are available at the Circuit Court that handled the case.
  • Mississippi criminal records are not public record, but you may request your own by submitting fingerprints to the Department of Health.
  • The Mississippi Archives provides public access to historic military, vital and cemetery records and obituaries.
  • About Mississippi Public Records

    Despite Mississippi being a closed records state, there are still many records available. Mississippi death records, although restricted, are released to the public after 50 years. Mississippi marriage record and birth records are released to the public after 100 years has passed. Otherwise, authorized recipients of certified copies include the person of record, a family member, or a person with a demonstrated legal interest. These Mississippi public records are maintained by the Department of Health with convenient ordering options in place.

    Mississippi vital records are restricted because they can be used to establish identity. With the rise in identity theft and to comply with privacy laws, these are restricted. Mississippi divorce records, however, are not maintained by the Department of Health, but by individual Chancery Courts. These are part of Mississippi public records and may be requested by anyone. These requests are usually made in person to the Chancery Court that handled the divorce.

    Searching Mississippi Gov Public Records

    Although there are restrictions on accessing vital records, Mississippi court records are mostly open to the public. Exceptions are for those cases sealed by a judge or dealing with issues like paternity, adoption or juveniles. Otherwise, civil and criminal court records may be viewed by the public. The Mississippi Administrative Office of the Courts offers a description of the individual courts and their roles in the criminal justice system, but does not offer a central online database to search Mississippi gov public records. However, contact information is provided for the individual courts.

    To access Mississippi gov public records like court records or divorce records, you must contact the court that handled the case. Circuit Courts are responsible for hearing civil and criminal matters. Viewing Mississippi criminal court records is the only way to circumnavigate the restrictions on viewing criminal records of a third party. 

    Search Public Records in Mississippi

    The Mississippi Archives in Jackson offers a great opportunity to dive into genealogy research if you are exploring your Mississippi roots. Mississippi military records, cemetery and vital records, as well as obituaries, are stored here and open to the public. Although visits are welcome, the Archives offers a number of online searchable records databases that can help narrow your search before arriving. For example, there are several Mississippi cemetery records databases available to search online, including by county, state and cemetery name.

    Also available at the Archives are access to death records and marriage records, including Freedmen’s Bureau marriage records of freed slaves. Search public records for Mississippi history, and you’ll come across military records for the War of 1812, Civil War, Revolutionary War, Mexican War and Spanish American War, just to name a few. Many of these can be pinpointed using the online search tool provided. If an in-person visit isn’t possible, research requests are accepted for a fee, although in-state residents get one hour of free research. Also, there is no admittance fee, and with so many online resources to help organize a research trip, a visit could be fruitful.



     
    State of Mississippi Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    2,618,938

     
    Under 18:
    768,704

     
    Over 65:
    364,614

     
    Employed:
    1,373,531

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    46,906.96

     
    Acres of Farms:
    11,543,097

     
    Births:
    42,395

     
    Deaths:
    29,196

     
    Infant Deaths:
    338

     
     
    Murder:
    237

     
    Forcible Rape:
    890

     
    Robbery:
    3,016

     
    Assault:
    4,230

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    8,373

     
    Burglary:
    26,024

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    54,032

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    6,352

     
    Total Property Crime:
    86,408

     
    Mississippi Public Records Locations
    Safety Responsibility
    Accident Records
    PO Box 958
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone:
    601-987-1255










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 220
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone:
    601-359-3680

    Fax:
    601-359-3796










     
    State Department of Health
    Vital Statistics & Records
    PO Box 1700
    Jackson, MS 39215-1700
    Phone:
    601-576-7960

    Fax:
    601-576-7505










    Secretary of State
    Business Services
    PO Box 136
    Jackson, MS 39205-0136
    Phone:
    601-359-1633

     
    800-256-3494

    Fax:
    601-359-1607










     
    Criminal Information Center
    Dept. of Public Safety, Bureau of Investigation
    PO Box 958
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone:
    601-933-2600

    Fax:
    601-933-2660










    State Department of Health
    Vital Statistics & Records
    PO Box 1700
    Jackson, MS 39215-1700
    Phone:
    601-576-7960

    Fax:
    601-576-7505










     
    State Department of Health
    Vital Statistics & Records
    PO Box 1700
    Jackson, MS 39215-1700
    Phone:
    601-576-7960

    Fax:
    601-576-7505










    Department of Public Safety
    Driver Services
    PO Box 958
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone:
    601-987-1275










     
    State Board for Community & Jr Colleges
    GED Office
    3825 Ridgewood Rd
    Jackson, MS 39211
    Phone:
    601-432-6338

    Fax:
    601-432-6890










    Governor's Office
    PO Box 139
    Jackson, MS 39205-0139
    Phone:
    601-359-3150

     
    877-405-0733

    Fax:
    601-359-3741










     
    Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
    PO Box 451
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Fax:
    601-432-2071










    Mississippi Department of Corrections
    Records Department
    421 W Pascagoula
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Fax:
    601-973-3879

    Records:
    OFFICE601-933-2889










     
    Mississippi Legislature
    PO Box 1018
    Jackson, MS 39215
    Fax:
    601-359-3935










    State Department of Health
    Vital Statistics & Records
    PO Box 1700
    Jackson, MS 39215-1700
    Phone:
    601-576-7960

    Fax:
    601-576-7505










     
    DPS- MS Bureau of Investigations
    Sexual Offender Registry
    PO Box 958
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone:
    601-987-1540

    Fax:
    601-933-2695










    Archives & History Department
    Archives & Library Division
    PO Box 571
    Jackson, MS 39205-0571
    Phone:
    601-576-6850

    Fax:
    601-576-6975










     
    Administrative Office of Courts
    PO Box 117
    Jackson, MS 39205
    Phone:
    601-576-4630

    Fax:
    601-576-










    Secretary of State
    Business Services - UCC
    PO Box 136
    Jackson, MS 39205-0136
    Phone:
    601-359-1633

     
    800-256-3494

    Fax:
    601-359-1607










     
    Mississippi State Tax Commission
    Registration Department
    PO Box 1140
    Jackson, MS 39215
    Fax:
    601-923-7134










    Secretary of State
    Elections Division
    PO Box 136
    Jackson, MS 39205-0136
    Phone:
    800-829-6786

     
    601-576-2550

    Fax:
    601-359-5019










     
    Workers Compensation Commission
    PO Box 5300
    Jackson, MS 39296-5300
    Phone:
    601-987-4200