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Mississippi Birth Certificates From Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office

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Mississippi Birth Certificate Types

Certified Birth Certificate – Certified copies of birth certificates that may be used for practically all legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment. 

Apply to receive this document from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office.

Keepsake Birth Certificate

Apply to receive this document from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office.
Only one type of birth certificate is available in this state.

Other Types of Birth Certificates

Only one type of birth certificate is available in this state.
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Who can order?

Under Mississippi law, birth certificates of births less than 100 years old are considered “closed records.” Only individuals showing a legitimate and tangible interest may be issued certified copies of birth certificates upon paying the appropriate fees, providing proof of identification, and completely filling out the application form:

The individual whose name appears on the birth certificate (registrant), if of legal age

The registrant's child/ren, spouse, or granpdarent/s (of legal age)

Parents whose names appears on the record

Legal guardian (with guardianship papers)

Legal representative (with notarized representative documents)

Licensed adoption agencies working within the statutory authority of §93-17-205

Other people by court order(s) (must present a certified copy of the court order explicitly naming the person)

For Genealogy purposes: the applicant must state genealogy as the purpose of the certificate. They must also prove their relationship to the registrant before being issued a plain paper copy (not for legal purposes)

Mississippi Vital Statistics Agency Information

Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office keeps records and issues certificates of vital events, including birth and death that occurred in the state of Mississippi from November 1912 to the present day. Marriage statistical files are available from January 1, 1926, to the present.

Notice: It is in Instant Vital Records’ best interest to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on this site, but state agency information and policies may change without notice. Instant Vital Records makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of any information, nor do we assume the liability of such information. 

Mississippi Birth Certificates

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office issues certified copies of birth certificates, typically acceptable for most legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment.

Visit the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Vital Records Office’s official page for more information.

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