Mississippi Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Mississippi Background Check Report

How To Get a Mississippi Background Check Report

The State Department of Health handles background checks for all MSDH-licensed childcare and healthcare facilities. For all other requests, companies and individuals must contact the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The state uses the LiveScan system for fingerprinting, but they also accept fingerprint cards. When requesting a background check on someone, the requestor must have them sign a consent form first. 
On the Department of Public Safety website, they have forms to request a background check as well as the consent form needed to complete it. They also have information on how to apply to get records expunged. Additionally, requestors can even fill out a form to get a national background check at the same time. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

Most often, MS background checks are used for employment and gun permits. Therefore, the information is mainly criminal history and personal details. First, things like name, address, height, weight, gender, race, age, date of birth and photographs will be included. Then any criminal infractions such as felonies, misdemeanors, arrests, outstanding warrants, sentencing, incarcerations, parole, probation and court dispositions will show as well. Generally, juvenile, sealed or expunged records will not be included in a company, or individual background check, only official law enforcement records will show those. Additionally, arrests that did not result in a conviction will also not show up on a formal background check.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The most common reason for a Mississippi background check is for employment. The State Department of Health takes the safety of children and adults seriously, and any MSDH-licensed agency must go through them before hiring anyone new. Other reasons for a background check are licensing, certification, insurance, credit and financing, tenant-screening, adoption, and foster care.
There are also public background reports that users can obtain that combine a lot of information from public and private sources to be used for vetting a new roommate or potential business partner, looking up someone’s address, checking out a neighbor or friend and before dating someone new. The information contained in those informal background check reports is: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

MS Criminal Background Checks

The State Department of Health processes all background checks for licensed agencies to ensure the safety of children and at-risk adults. Anyone can request a copy of someone else’s criminal background check, but they must have that person’s written consent. However, companies and individuals can access the Judiciary website, pay an annual $10 fee for access to criminal court records through their Electronic Courts (MEC) system. Except for expunged records, court documents related to crimes that are publicly available will be on there. 

Gun Background Check

The state is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state, and they do not require a state-level background check before gun purchases are made. However, gun dealers are still federally mandated to contact the FBI and use NICS to run a full background check including mental health records before selling any firearms to buyers. Private sales are not regulated, and they do not require a background check. So far in 2018, Mississippi has run more than 276,161 background checks for gun carry permits and purchases.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 247,278 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Mississippi

State # of conducted handgun checks
Pennsylvania 534,653
Oregon 166,211
Georgia 157,027
Michigan 123,070
Kentucky 112,323

States With More Long Gun Checks than Mississippi

State # of conducted long gun checks
Ohio 218,183
Oregon 134,440
Michigan 123,678
Oklahoma 121,960
Kentucky 100,470

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

The state has no laws about access to background checks except that the requestor needs the person’s consent. Regarding employment, the state has strict rules about employers asking about expunged records. Applicants are legally able to keep quiet about any previous criminal history that was expunged. 

Employment Protection

Mississippi has no law governing how an employer can use a background check during the hiring process except that they are not allowed to request expunged records, and the applicant does not have to divulge any information about previously expunged records. The employer can, however, ask if an expungement was granted. Employers are still bound by federal law to comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using background checks in their hiring process.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background check report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 77 victims of online romance scams in Mississippi, resulting in $0.5 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 42 14,425
20 - 29 212 418,750
30 - 39 233 216,715
40 - 49 216 1,405,191
50 - 59 269 1,163,388
Over 60 243 2,820,808

State of Mississippi

State of Mississippi
  • Population: 29.84 million (2017)
  • Area (mi2): 48,432 SQ. MI.
  • GDP (millions of current dollars, 2017): $111,707 Billion
  • College Educated (bach. + masters deg.): 28.40%
  • Capital:Jackson
  • Median Income: $40,037.00

Government Offices

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