Accessing public records in Mississippi is a task that can now be done with relative ease. With the help of online state information directories and the official website of Mississippi itself, you can easily retrieve any public document that you want because the state follows the Public Records Act. This law allows all information created by the government and for the government to be viewed and used by any individual whether they are residents of Mississippi or not.
If you want to access public records in Mississippi, you mainly have three options. One is to contact the state's public record office which is in charge of the documents that you need. Individual agencies that hold specific government records may have varying rules on how they provide accessibility to their records, but most often the public records are open for retrieval as long as no privacy is breached and no individual's dignity is compromised.
The other option is to search online state public record listings such as Public Record Finder and browse the site for the individual records that you want. Remember, these sites may provide you free browsing and a bit of information about the records but if you want to retrieve the whole public record, you will have to pay a certain fee. These websites in turn will do all the job for you, including a complete report about the person, establishment or data that you are retrieving.
If you want to do everything by yourself though, just visit the official Mississippi website and browse the website for information. Requests for marriage records, birth records and death records are available on the link to the agency housing the record (Department of Health) which is provided by the website. The website is very informative in nature so looking up information can be quite easy. A list of things that are detailed on the website include the following:
A unique feature of Mississippi when it comes to their website is that they collect usage and visit statistics on their official website. Information about the things you view, download and browse during your visit in their website is stored, including the I.P. Address of the computer used in browsing the site.
If you want to contact the Mississippi State Information Agency directly, you can do any of the following:
Mail -- MS Dept. of Information Technology Services
Telephone -- TOLL FREE: (866) MS1-EGOV (866) 671-3468
LOCAL (601) 359-EGOV (601) 359-3468
Fax -- (601) 576-EGOV (601) 576-3468
To lookup Mississippi public records information, contact:Mississippi State Department of Health
By simply using the internet at the State Department of Health website, you can perform all sorts of useful Mississippi public records search activities. This includes the ability to obtain statistical data, learn about (and obtain copies of) regulations and policies, and receive other forms of official publications and materials of an informational nature. It's all online and easy to find.
According to a statement by the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information (the group challenged with ensuring that the public has access to public records in Mississippi), "All public records are hereby declared to be public property, and any person shall have the right to inspect, copy of mechanically reproduce or obtain a reproduction of any public record of a public body in accordance with reasonable written procedures...No public body shall adopt procedures which will authorize the public body to produce or deny the production of a public record later than fourteen working days from the date of request for the production of such record."
The Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983 states in part, that a denial of any member of the public to access public records in Mississippi carries a civil penalty of $100.00 plus expenses for willful disobedience of the Act. It is further interesting to note that records custodians are not allowed to ask for an individual's reason for requesting a specific record.