How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Mississippi?
Long after you are divorced, you often need a copy of your divorce certificate to verify your identity, name change or marital status. If you were divorced in Mississippi, you can obtain one by following the process below.
The only restriction for obtaining certified copies in Mississippi is that you have to be one of the parties personally involved in the divorce. However, the public can view all divorce records online to view the information.
Mississippi’s Department of Health & Vital Records does not retain copies of divorce records. To obtain a copy of your divorce certificate, you must visit the Chancery Clerk’s Office during normal business house, in the county where your divorce was granted. You will need at least the following information (depending on county requirements):
- Your name.
- Your address.
- A valid, photo ID.
- Full names of both parties on the divorce decree
- Maiden names (if applicable).
- Date of Divorce.
- You will need to fill out a search and request form and pay the fee at the time of the request.
There is a fee payable at the time of the request, and it may vary by county but is generally around $15. There may be additional fees if you need them to search more than five years worth of data. If you call ahead, it will make the search process go quicker, and you may even be able to pick up your certificate the same day. Otherwise, they may need to have you come back or mail it to you.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your divorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card. Additional fees may apply for expedited service.
The only other option is you can contact your original divorce attorney or that of your ex-spouse. They should have a copy of file, but if they do not, they can help you obtain one through the court system. There may be legal fees involved.