What You Can Do:
Valid photo ID, whether this is military, student-based, or another type of official identification such as a US Passport, must accompany requests for Mississippi birth, death, marriage and divorce records. The current fees for copies of these documents, that may be used for Mississippi background checks, are $15 each. The fee still applies to the search if a certificate is not found by the Vital Records department of the Mississippi State Department of Health and in that case, a “Not on File” certificate will be administered.
Mississippi law holds that $1 from each vital records search fee collected must be deposited by the state into the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Children’s Trust Fund. Vital records requests, such as those required for Mississippi background checks, may be made at Vital Records in person or through the mail. Cash, checks and money orders are accepted in person, but a check or money order only must be used for mail in requests. While 7-10 business days is a common processing time for mail in requests, the process could take longer.