Open Public Record Act:
The Mississippi Public Records Act guarantees the public the right to openly inspect and obtain copies of public records in the possession of governmental bodies in the state.
The Mississippi State Department of Health Vital Records provides copies of birth certificates. You can request for a copy of birth certificates by mail. You will need to complete an application form and submit it along with a check or money order. You can also make a request online or by phone through a third party vendor, VitalChek. Payments are done through credit card. You can also visit the state office to request a copy in person. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, or money order.
The Office of Vital Records provides copies of marriage records upon request. The records of marriages filed with this office are from January 1, 1926 to June 30, 1938 and January 1, 1942 to present. You can submit a request for a copy by mail along with a check or money order to pay for the copy. Online and phone orders are handled by a third party vendor, VitalChek. Walk-in requests are also accommodated and payable by cash, check, or money order.
The Office of Vital Records do not have divorce records on file. However, the office can perform a five-year search of the divorce indexes dating January 1, 1926 to June 30, 1938, and for January 1, 1942 to present. This search will enable the office to locate the county where the divorce was granted as well as the book, page number in the Chancery Clerk’s office where the divorce was recorded. The search fee is $17. To obtain a copy of the divorce decree, you will need to get in touch with the Chancery Clerk’s Office.
The Office of Vital Records maintains records of death certificates for deaths that have occurred in the state. You can request a copy by mail by submitting a completed application form along with a check or money order to pay for the copy. You can also order online or by phone through a third party vendor, VitalChek. The only accepted payment method for online and phone orders is credit card. Walk-in requests are also accepted by the state office during business hours. Acceptable payment methods are cash, check, or money order. Standard processing time is 7 to 10 business days.
There is no central database or clearinghouse for all missing person cases in the state of Mississippi. However, you can still access information on these cases by accessing the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) which is a national clearinghouse and resource center of missing person cases from all across the US. You can search the database using the person’s name, state, and county.
The elected officials of Mississippi can be found in the state government website. You can get information on the various elected officials such as the governor who is currently Phil Bryant. There’s a short bio on each elected official as well as their contact information and a link to their website.