Mississippi Birth Records Search

The Mississippi State Department of Health collects, maintains and issues MS birth records. The state has been retaining birth records since 1912.

Birth records in Mississippi are private, so only the following people can get a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, parents listed on the Mississippi birth record, your spouse, children, grandchildren, adoption agency, legal guardian and your grandparents.

You must also verify your identity with a photo ID such as: U.S. passport, driver’s license, school photo ID, state-issued photo ID, military ID, tribal ID, alien or permanent resident card, temporary resident card, photo work ID.

When filling out an application for a copy, you will need the full name on the record, date of birth, gender, place of birth, race, mother’s full name including maiden name, father’s full name, the purpose for the request and your relationship to the applicant.

If you are not the person named in the record, you will need to bring legal authorization and proof of your identity as well showing the relationship between you and the subject.

Types of MS Birth Records

The state allows only one type of birth certificate to be purchased, and that is a certified copy. This is a legal document verifying your identity that you can use to get a driver’s license, passport, apply for government or military work and other legal purposes.

If after they perform a Mississippi birth records search and cannot locate your file, you will receive a “Not on File” notice.

State Population

The Southwest state of Mississippi is the 32nd largest state in America with a population of 2.98 million. Mississippi has a slow annual growth rate of 0.30% making it the 40th in the nation regarding population growth.

The state has a landmass of 48,430 square miles with 63.2 people per square mile, ranking it the 32nd most densely populated state.

It was originally part of Georgia and became its own state in December of 1817.

State Population
1 birth every 832 seconds

1 death every 1248 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Mississippi. The total population of Mississippi is estimated at 2,985,415 people with 1,447,305 male and 1,538,110 female. There are 90,805 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.52% of the total population.

The Mississippi Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Mississippi Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 12.59 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 37,928 total births — the lowest in Mississippi history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 37,928, 0.96% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Mississippi

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Mississippi Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Mississippi
Missouri - 12.47Alaska - 15.12
Tennessee - 12.07District Of Columbia - 14.47
Arizona - 11.68Texas - 14.03
Michigan - 11.30Nebraska - 13.93
Nevada - 11.71South Dakota - 14.32

Top 5 Counties in Mississippi with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Mississippi with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Mississippi with the highest birth rate
Jackson County - 11.69Harrison County - 13.73
Rankin County - 12.00Hinds County - 12.95
DeSoto County - 12.48DeSoto County - 12.48
Hinds County - 12.95Rankin County - 12.00
Harrison County - 13.73Jackson County - 11.69

Fertility Rate in MS

In Mississippi the fertility rate based on historical data went from 64.73 to 61.52 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 63.68 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.10 to 27.17.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Mississippi are:

County Fertility rate
Harrison County68.7
Jackson County60.42
DeSoto County59.09
Hinds County58.08
Rankin County57.82

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Mississippi Birth Certificate

The state allows you to get a copy of your birth certificate in one of three ways: by mail, online or in person.

If you choose to visit them in person, you can pay by cash, check or money order. You will need to visit their office at the Ridgeland Office located at 222 Marketridge Dr. Their hours of operation are 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each weekday.

You can also choose to order by performing Mississippi birth records search online or by phone using the VitalChek network.

You may also mail in your completed application to: Mississippi Vital Records, P.O. Box 1700 Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Processing time may be up to three weeks. Expedited service takes 7-10 days.

You must pay a non-refundable fee of $17 for the first copy and $6 for each additional copy. Make money orders or checks payable to Mississippi Vital Records.

Mississippi Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $15.00
Organization: Vital Records; State Department of Health
Address:P.O. Box 1700, Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Remarks: State office has records since 1912. Additional copies of same record ordered at same time are $5.00 each. Personal check, bank or postal money order or bank cashier's check are accepted and should be made payable to Mississippi State Department of Health. A copy of a valid photo ID for the applicant is required. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (601) 576-7981. A recorded message may be reached on (601) 576-7450. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Mississippi State Department of Health website..