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Mississippi Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Mississippi, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers (or visit websites) listed below to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public record information may be accessible online, by phone, mail, or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain the exact address and ordering information.

MISSISSIPPI STATE WEB SITE:
http://www.mississippi.gov/

Attorney General
http://www.ago.state.ms.us/

Archives
http://mdah.state.ms.us/

Legislation Records
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/

Criminal Records
Public Integrity Division
PO Box 2
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-4250
http://www.ago.state.ms.us/index.php/sections/divisions/public_integrity

Vehicle Ownership Information
Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission
P.O. Box 16873
Jackson, MS 39236-0873
(601) 987-3995
http://www.mmvc.state.ms.us/mmvc/MotorVeh.nsf

Vital Statistics (marriage/divorce/birth/death)
MS State Department of Health - Public Health Statistics
P O Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
(601) 576-7960
http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/31,0,109.html

Workers Compensation
Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission
PO Box 5300
Jackson, MS 39296-5300
(866) 473-6922
http://www.mwcc.state.ms.us/

Business/Corporate Records
UCC/Tax Liens
Mississippi Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 359-1350
http://www.sos.state.ms.us/

Civil Records
State of Mississippi Judiciary
Administrative Office of Courts
http://www.mssc.state.ms.us/aoc/aoc.html

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL INFORMATION BY COUNTY:

Adams
P.O. Box 1008
Natchez, MS 39121-1008
(601) 442-2431

Benton
P.O. Box 218
Ashland, MS 38603
(662) 224-6611

Carroll
1 Pinson Square
Carrollton, MS 38917
(601) 237-9274

DeSoto
9200 Pigeon Roost Rd
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662) 892-9200

Forrest
P.O. Box 1310
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1310
(601) 545-6000

Greene
P.O. Box 460
Leakesville, MS 39451
(601) 394-2394

Hancock
P.O. Box 429
Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
(228) 467-0172

Issaquena
P.O. Box 27
Mayersville, MS 39113
(662) 873-2761

Jackson
P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998
(228) 769-3100

Kemper
P.O. Box 188
De Kalb, MS 39328-0188
(601) 743-2460

Lee
P.O. Box 1785
Tupelo, MS 38801-1785
(662) 841-9110

Monroe
P.O. Box 578
Aberdeen, MS 39730-0578
(662) 369-8143

Newton
P.O. Box 68
Decatur, MS 39327-0068
(601) 635-2367

Oktibbeha
101 East Main Street
Starkville, MS 39759
(662) 323-5834

Panola
151 Public Square
Batesville, MS 38606
(662) 563-6201

Rankin
305 Government Street
Brandon, MS 39042
(601) 825-1475

Sunflower
P.O. Box 988
Indianola, MS 38751-0988
(662) 887-4703

Tippah
P.O. Box 99
Ripley, MS 38663-0099
(662) 837-7374

Union
P.O. Box 847
New Albany, MS 38652-0847
(662) 534-1900

Washington
P.O. Box 309
Greenville, MS 38702-0309
(662) 378-8355