Mississippi FOIA procedures

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Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Mississippi. To read the history and details of Mississippi’s sunshine laws please see Mississippi Public Records Act

How to request public records in Mississippi

Public records requests are to be sent to the public agency in possession of the records. Agencies are not required by law to designate official public records custodians.

Purpose and use

A statement of purpose is not required for public records requests, and there are no restrictions placed on the use of records.

Who may request public records?

See also: List of who can make public record requests by state

Anyone may request access to Mississippi's public documents. "[P]ublic records must be available for inspection by any person."[1]


See also: How much do public records cost?

Mississippi law allows for the charging of fees to include both the physical cost of duplication as well as labor costs associated with the search, compilation and duplication of materials.[2]

Response time

See also: Request response times by state

Mississippi law states that, if not decided upon by the individual department, departments have 1 working day to respond to PRA requests. However, departments may establish their own time limits of up to fourteen working days.[3]

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