Instant Access to State, County and Municipal Records
Are Mississippi Vital Records Open to the Public?
Persons with tangible, legitimate, or direct interest may access and copy vital records held by the state and county officials within the State of Mississippi. These vital records include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records, and death records.
What Information Do I Need to Search for Mississippi Vital Records Online?
Requesters or immediate family members with direct interest who require access can find these records online by entering details such as:
- The Full Name on certificate
- Gender on certificate
- The Birth, Death, or Marriage City
- The Birth, Death, or Marriage State
- The Date when the Birth, Death, or Marriage occurred
- The Reason/purpose for the certificate/ record request
- The Applicant’s relationship to the person(s) named on certificate/record
How Do I Obtain Mississippi Vital Records?
Records can be obtained by contacting the Mississippi State Department of Health. The individual is required:
- To print, fill, and submit a completed and signed application form relevant to the request
- To provide a copy of valid identification
- To attach the relevant fees using only allowed methods of payment: In-person, applicants may use cash, check, or money order, while mail requests can only be paid for with checks or money orders
- Proof of guardianship/ legal representation, if applicable
Publicly available vital records may also be accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:
- The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
- The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name
*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.
Are Mississippi Marriage Records Public Information?
Marriage Records in Mississippi are not regarded as public information. Only persons with direct, tangible, or legitimate interest/claim can be issued certified copies. These records can be accessed by the public in two locations:
- The Mississippi State Department of Health, maintained by state and county officials
- The Circuit Court where the marriage was licensed, maintained by Clerk of Court’s office
Statewide records in Mississippi began in 1926. However, the database kept by the MSDH has only records from January 1, 1926, to June 1, 1938, and after January 1, 1942. The records between July 1938 to December 1941 are maintained by the Circuit Clerk of Court.
How do I find marriage records in Mississippi?
Applicants can find authorized marriage records by submitting a completed Application for Certified Copy of Record of Marriage to the Mississippi State Department of Health by mail, phone, or in-person with a non-refundable fee for the search and certified copy. The MSDH also grants search requests for marriage records within a five-year period. Persons who prefer to mail in their request will need to attach the form, applicable fees, and a copy of valid state-issued photo identification addressed to:
Mississippi Vital Records
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Parties making requests in person are advised to visit the MSDH Ridgeland office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Requests take 7-10 days to process.
Note: Certified copies of marriage can only be accessed by individuals who have a direct interest or relationship with the registrant. They include the persons named on the record, immediate family, legal representatives, or persons who have obtained a certified court order. Marriage records that are unavailable at the Mississippi State Department of Health can be located at the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court in the county that issued the marriage license.
Are Mississippi Divorce Records Public Information?
In the State of Mississippi, Divorce records are not considered public information. Access is permitted only to members of the public who can lay a direct or legitimate claim on the registrant.
How do I find Divorce Records in Mississippi?
Requesters who want to obtain Divorce records have to visit the Clerk’s office in the Chancery Court county where the divorce was granted. While the MSDH doesn’t have these records available, individuals who do not know where a divorce record is located may request a five-year search for details like the county of divorce, the book, and the page number of the divorce records. The search incurs an additional fee.
Are Mississippi Birth Records Public Information?
Birth Records in Mississippi are not available to the general public. Anyone who wishes to gain access must be within the rights of the law to do so or must be able to prove a direct interest in the certificate or record being requested.
How Do I Find Mississippi Birth Records?
Birth Records from November, 1st 1912 are kept by the Mississippi State Department of Health. Persons who want to find Birth Records in Mississippi may do so by sending a mail, by telephone, or by applying in person at the MSDH Ridgeland office. The persons may also use VitalChek for online orders.
For all requests, eligible applicants are expected to enclose, forward, or present a completed and signed Application for Certified Mississippi Birth Certificate form, the required fees, a photo identification (government/ state-issued).
Mail requests are made to the address:
Mississippi Vital Records
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
While requests by phone may be made to the standard line: (601) 206-8200
Are Mississippi Death Records Open to the Public?
Not all Mississippi death records are open to the public. Records of recent deaths in the state can only be accessed by applicants who can present proof of direct or tangible interests.
How Do I Find Death Records in Mississippi?
Requesters who want to locate and order death records from 1912 to present may use the walk-in service at the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Ridgeland Office. Provisions are also made for applicants who wish to make their requests by telephone, or mail. Each search and order request for a certified copy costs $17, and $6 for additional copies.
Individuals must submit a copy of their valid photo state/government-issued ID, the applicable fees, and a signed and completed Application for Mississippi Certified Death Record form. Eligible Persons who do not have a photo ID may attach two copies of any of the following:
- Social Security Card
- Utility Bill where the applicant’s address can be clearly seen
- Snap/EBT card, clearly showing the applicant’s address
- Work Identification, or
- Veteran Universal Access ID Card