How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Mississippi
A birth certificate is a legal document validating your age, identity, and citizenship. You can use it to apply for a job, for school and many other legal purposes.
If you were born in Mississippi, you could obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate by following the steps below.
The Mississippi State Department of Health handles all birth records, and you need to go through them to get a copy of yours. You can order them in person, through the mail, by phone or online.
If you plan to visit the office to obtain a copy, you will need to go to 222 Marketridge Dr, Ridgeland, MS 39157, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If you plan on getting your copies via the mail, you must send in a copy of your application along with the fees and photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military or state, tribal, school or university ID) to:
Mississippi Vital Records
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
You must also show the relationship between you and the person on the record. Only those with a tangible interest in the record may have access to your record, such as:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your parents.
- Your legal guardian.
- Your siblings.
- Your children.
- Your grandparents.
- Your grandchildren.
- A court representative.
- Your lawyer, with your permission.
- A registered genealogist.
If no record is found, you will receive a notification called a Not-On-File document, but the fee is kept as a search cost.
You will need to pay a non-refundable $17 fee for the first copy and another $6 per additional copy. Payment may be in the form of a personal check, bank check, or money order made out to Mississippi Vital Records.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.