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Chancery Clerk (10)

We cannot do title searches.  We are not allowed to give legal advice.  We are not attorneys and are not qualified to answer legal questions.

No, we do not accept credit cards.

Contact the Chancery Clerk’s office.

Applicants must obtain a marriage license

  • Both bride and groom must appear together
  • Present valid ID of both (each must be at least 21 years)
    • birth certificate or drivers license
  • If under 21 , a parent(s) must sign or a court order may be required
  • Payment of Filing Fee
  • Confirm any recent divorce is finalized (by a signed order) — the Clerk does not need proof

Name of preparer, Name, Address and telephone number of both grantor and grantee.  Recording information is also required.

Land deeds are filed in the Chancery Clerk’s office.

Contact the Chancery Clerk’s Office.

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

We will fax a copy of these documents if you provide the appropriate information.  Any related charges must be paid in advance.  You must provide book and page number for land documents.

Circuit Clerk (14)

Some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. Please check with your Circuit to determine if you are entitled to vote absentee and to learn the procedures for doing so.



Absentee voting deadlines come early to help assure your ballot is counted. If you know you will vote absentee, contact your Circuit 601-267-8357, at least two weeks before the election.

Voter-Info-Change-Form or call the Circuit Clerk Office at 601-267-8357

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s office 601-267-8357

The Circuit Clerk’s office issues marriage licenses.  You must bring a blood test receipt dated within the last 30 days, a picture id, and if you are under 21, you must obtain your parent’s signature on the registration form.

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

You can request a ballot up to 45 days in advance through the mail, or you can visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.

In order to register, go to the Circuit Clerk’s office.  It is helpful to know your 911 address and social security number. The minimum voting age is 18. You must register at least 30 days prior to any election to be entitled to vote in that election.

You can request a ballot up to 45 days in advance through the mail, or you can visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Applicants must obtain a marriage license

  • Both bride and groom must appear together
  • Present valid ID of both (each must be at least 21 years)
    • birth certificate or drivers license
  • If under 21 , a parent(s) must sign or a court order may be required
  • Payment of Filing Fee
  • Confirm any recent divorce is finalized (by a signed order) — the Clerk does not need proof

30 days prior to an election

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s office.

Call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 601-267-8357 or visit our Locator page

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

DHS (4)

Our office can mail a food stamp application to your home or you may come in Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to pick up an application

Answer:  Please call 1-866-512-5087 to order another EBT.  Also, please allow five business days for delivery to the home.

http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Election Commission (8)

Some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. Please check with your Circuit to determine if you are entitled to vote absentee and to learn the procedures for doing so.



Absentee voting deadlines come early to help assure your ballot is counted. If you know you will vote absentee, contact your Circuit 601-267-8357, at least two weeks before the election.

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s office 601-267-8357

In order to register, go to the Circuit Clerk’s office.  It is helpful to know your 911 address and social security number. The minimum voting age is 18. You must register at least 30 days prior to any election to be entitled to vote in that election.

You can request a ballot up to 45 days in advance through the mail, or you can visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.

You can request a ballot up to 45 days in advance through the mail, or you can visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.

30 days prior to an election

Call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 601-267-8357 or visit our Locator page

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Elections / Voter Registration (10)

Some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. Please check with your Circuit to determine if you are entitled to vote absentee and to learn the procedures for doing so.



Absentee voting deadlines come early to help assure your ballot is counted. If you know you will vote absentee, contact your Circuit 601-267-8357, at least two weeks before the election.

Voter-Info-Change-Form or call the Circuit Clerk Office at 601-267-8357

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s office 601-267-8357

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

In order to register, go to the Circuit Clerk’s office.  It is helpful to know your 911 address and social security number. The minimum voting age is 18. You must register at least 30 days prior to any election to be entitled to vote in that election.

You can request a ballot up to 45 days in advance through the mail, or you can visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.

You can request a ballot up to 45 days in advance through the mail, or you can visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.

30 days prior to an election

Call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 601-267-8357 or visit our Locator page

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Jury Duty (2)

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Marriage License (2)

Applicants must obtain a marriage license

  • Both bride and groom must appear together
  • Present valid ID of both (each must be at least 21 years)
    • birth certificate or drivers license
  • If under 21 , a parent(s) must sign or a court order may be required
  • Payment of Filing Fee
  • Confirm any recent divorce is finalized (by a signed order) — the Clerk does not need proof

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Permits (1)

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Property Questions (11)

Schools calculate their own dollar requirements within the limits allowed by the State. The Board then figures the millage required to bring in the required funds for the schools and announces that millage.

We cannot do title searches.  We are not allowed to give legal advice.  We are not attorneys and are not qualified to answer legal questions.

No, we do not accept credit cards.

Your 911 address is assigned through the E-911 office.  You may contact them at 601-267-5757. It is helpful to know your nearest street’s name and your nearest neighbors. You will also be asked for your previous address and you will be required to fill out a form to establish a solid waste account for Leake County to pick up your solid waste. You are required to come in to the office at 123 North Pearl Street on the west side of the square.

Many factors determine the tax rate required to maintain  the annual budget Including: 

  • Inflation and cost of living. 
  • Taxes mandated by the State Legislature. 
  • Public demand for additional and/or improved government services. 
  • Availability of federal and state aid monies. 
  • Bond maturity schedules dictating fluctuating millage.

Name of preparer, Name, Address and telephone number of both grantor and grantee.  Recording information is also required.

The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 of property value that is used to calculate local property taxes. Assigned millage rates are multiplied by the total taxable value of the property in order to arrive at the property taxes. School boards also use millage rates to calculate local school taxes to be collected based on a derivation of the total property value within school district boundaries




The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

The Leake County Board of Supervisors sets tax rates to provide for road maintenance and improvement, general county operation (including courts, sheriff’s department, mental health, animal shelter, recreation), port improvement, garbage collection, libraries and other county services.

We will fax a copy of these documents if you provide the appropriate information.  Any related charges must be paid in advance.  You must provide book and page number for land documents.

Purchasing (9)

Send a completed W-9 form along with company information about what goods or services you provide to our mailing address or by emailing BAtkinson@co.leake.ms.us

Register for notice of bids at the MS State Contract Procurement Center.  Visit http://www.mscpc.com for complete information.  Bids are also posted in the https://bidnowsolutions and on our website or by contacting Belinda M. Atkinson, Purchase Clerk by email  BAtkinson@co.leake.ms.us or via phone at 601-267-8002.

Purchase orders and invoices are processed as they are received and once all goods and services are verified, invoices are sent to accounting.

Invoices are paid generally once per month on the 1st Monday of each month, unless special circumstances exist.

  • up to $5000.00 – Open Market, no quotes or bids required;
  • $5000.00 – $50,000.00 – requires a minimum of two written competitive quotes
  • over $50,000.00 – requires public advertising for sealed bids or proposals thru a reverse auction process;

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Note:  Construction is exempt from the reverse auctions and will be done with sealed bids either by paper or electronic.

Section 31-7-13 governs county purchasing.

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Specifically, the purchasing agent is authorized by law to issue a purchase order to obligate funds.

Begin with the Accounts Payable Department at (601) 267-8002.  If we can’t help, we’ll find the right person to connect you with.

You can visit the various departments and leave information and of course visit the purchasing department in person or call 601-267-8002 or email BAtkinson@co.leake.ms.us   All sales people are welcome.

Solid Waste (4)

You may pay your Solid Waste account online or you may come into the Leake County Court House, third floor, and pay in person. We accept cash, checks, money orders, Master Card and Discover. There is an extra fee associated with using a credit card.

The fee is set at a semi-annual rate of $78.00 per household ($13.00 per month).  The semi-annual fee statement shall be sent to residents or owners by December 1 and June 1 of each year.  Each semi-annual fee is due and payable not less than thirty (30) days after mailing.  A link to the current Solid Waste Policy can be found here.

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

Please visit our solid waste departments website for more informationhttps://leakecountyms.org/solid-waste/

Taxes (50)

Yes. If someone qualifies for a retired armed forces and a DAV tag, they can place each tag on a separate vehicle. The restrictions are limited to the qualifications of the person and the number of tags they can receive (1). This is true for DAV and ex-POWs. If a person qualifies for two exempt tags, they can place each on a separate vehicle. The exception to this is the Pearl Harbor & Purple Heart. These tags share the same section number and because of the wording in the section, a person can only receive one or the other.

Specialty tags can be reissued to another car as long as the owner is the same. The special tag fee, if there is one, will be charged as if a new tag is issued. The fee does not transfer, but the tag can be reissued. We do this for the benefit of the owner since some people memorize their tag numbers. If they do not want to keep the same tag, issue a new one. The process is the same. Surrender the tag off the old car and register it to the new car.

Mississippi law does not allow for a refund of registration fees or taxes. However, when the vehicle is sold or ownership changes, the owner may apply the unused portion of a registration to a new Mississippi registration. The tag from the vehicle that was sold must be turned in to the county Tax Collector. Credit is given from the first of the next month following the date of the tag’s surrender. A credit certificate will be given to you if you are not purchasing a new tag the same month. Credit can only be given from the time the tag is turned in, not from the time the vehicle was sold. You may use the credit certificate in any county of this state. Mississippi law does not provide for refunds when an individual moves out of state and cannot use the credit.

Mississippi law does not provide for refunds when an individual moves.

Mississippi law does not provide for a cash refund when a vehicle is sold, but it does provide for a credit to be used against the purchase of another tag. The tag from the car that was sold has to be turned in. Credit is given from the first of the next month following the date of surrender. A credit certificate can be given if not purchasing a new tag the same month. Credit can only be given from the time the tag is turned in not from when the vehicle was sold.

Schools calculate their own dollar requirements within the limits allowed by the State. The Board then figures the millage required to bring in the required funds for the schools and announces that millage.

No, not unless there is a deed change or a change in marital status. Contact the Tax Assessor’s office.

Yes. If the business is located inside the city limits, a license will be issued by the city. If the business is outside of the city limits and inside the county, the county Tax Collector will issue your license.

No, we do not accept credit cards.

Yes, but this is not enforced through vehicle registration. Every motor vehicle operated in this state is required to have an insurance card maintained in the vehicle as proof of liability insurance that is in compliance with the liability limits required.

Please contact the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (phone 601-432-2400) for information on boat and watercraft registration requirements in Mississippi. Boat trailers are tagged as private trailers. When you register the trailer, you will need to provide proof of ownership such as the bill of sale, Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or title.

To apply for a disabled tag and/or placard, you need to submit to your county Tax Collector a Mississippi Disabled Parking Application, Form 76-104. The application must be completed by your licensed physician or nurse practitioner. There is no additional fee required to obtain a Disabled License Plate or Placard. (All regular taxes and registration fees must be paid.) You may obtain the application from your Tax Collector. You must submit a new application when the image of the standard plate is changed, which is every 5 years. The statement must be dated within 90 days of your renewal application. The Disabled Placard is a removable windshield placard that is hung from the rearview mirror of a vehicle when you park in a disabled parking space. The placard must be used only when a physically disabled person is the driver or passenger of the motor vehicle at the time of its parking. It is illegal to park in a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities if you do not have the correct vehicle plates or parking permit. You can use the vehicle plates or placard in Mississippi and other states.

You may order your plate with the county Tax Collector at the time you register your vehicle. Standard personalized plates require an additional annual fee of $31. There are various rates for specialty plates.

The special or over 65 exemption is for homeowners who became dis-able or turned 65 years old during the prior year.  It exempts the first 75,000 of true value from taxation.  Contact the Tax Assessor’s office for more detail information.

To change your address, contact your local county Tax Collector’s office.

Visit the Tax Collector’s office between January 2 and April 

Disabled American Veteran license plates are issued to veterans (or surviving spouse) who have verification from the Veteran’s Affair Board certifying that they have a 100% service related disability. One (1) vehicle that is owned by a qualified veteran is exempt from all ad valorem and privilege taxes; however, there is a $1.00 fee for this plate. An eligible veteran may have more than one tag for other vehicles that he or she owns; but, all taxes and fees are due on the additional plates.

Contact the Chancery Clerk’s office.

Pay online or contact the Tax Assessor’s office.

Car tags can be renewed online at or visit the Tax Collector’s office.

Unauthorized use of a disability space should be reported to the local police department in the town or city where the violation occurs.

You should report this violation to your county Tax Collector’s office.

Many factors determine the tax rate required to maintain  the annual budget Including: 

  • Inflation and cost of living. 
  • Taxes mandated by the State Legislature. 
  • Public demand for additional and/or improved government services. 
  • Availability of federal and state aid monies. 
  • Bond maturity schedules dictating fluctuating millage.

An eligible person may be issued 2 license plates and 2 placards.

To determine how much your tag will cost, you will need to contact your local county Tax Collector. In Mississippi, you pay privilege tax, registration fees, ad valorem taxes and possibly sales or use tax when you tag your vehicle. Registration fees are $12.75 for renewals and $14.00 for first time registrations. All the other taxes are based on the type of vehicle, the value of that vehicle, and where you live (city, county.) Does Mississippi have a temporary tag for passenger vehicles or drive out tags? Mississippi has a temporary drive out tag which can be purchased from the dealer who sold the car. The tag is valid for 7 working days from the date of purchase.

The Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) protects personal information included in motor vehicle records. The DPPA keeps your personal information private by restricting who has access to the information. The law limits access to your social security number, driver license or identification card number, name, address, telephone number, medical or disability information, and emergency contact information contained in your motor vehicle or driver license records.

No. In Mississippi, the tag is registered to both the vehicle and the owner. If one or the other changes, the tag must be removed and surrendered to your county Tax Collector.

You must pay the state sales tax on any vehicle purchased outside Mississippi and on any casual sale of an automobile. The state sales tax rate is 5% and is based on the dealer’s selling price before subtracting any dealer’s discounts and trade-ins. Tax on a casual sale is based on the assessed value of the vehicle as determined by the most recent assessment schedule. If you purchase a vehicle out-of-state and it is first tagged in Mississippi, you will not be given any tax credit for any sales tax paid to the other state.

You have 30 days to register your vehicle(s) in Mississippi if you have a current registration (license plate) in your prior state of residence. If you do not register within 30 days of moving into this state, you will be charged the standard late fees and a $250 penalty. You will not be allowed the Legislative Tag Credit if your previous license plate has expired, or, if you never registered the vehicle in your prior state of residence.

You will need to get the lost or stolen tag form (76-903) from your county Tax Collector and have local law enforcement complete this form. The Tax Collector will issue you a substitute tag and decal. There is a $10.00 fee; or $2.50 for only the decal.

You will need to get the lost or stolen tag form (76-903) from your county Tax Collector and have local law enforcement complete this form. The Tax Collector will issue you a substitute tag and decal.

Note: There is a fee

Military personnel (and their dependents) who are stationed in Mississippi, but claim another state as their home, are not required to obtain a Mississippi registration or tag. Military personnel who are residents of this state are required to register their vehicle in Mississippi. Full time students in Mississippi who are not residents of this state are not required to register their vehicle in this state.

A motorized bicycle manufactured 1980 and following must have a seventeen (17) digit VIN conforming to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration requirements. There must be a decal or plate attached with a statement that the motorized bicycle meets the Federal Safety Standards. If the motorized bicycle does not meet these requirements, it is considered a “toy vehicle.” A toy vehicle may not be titled or registered in Mississippi and may not be operated on public roadways within this state.

Any vehicle 25 years old or older is considered an antique vehicle.

The Leake County tax collectors office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m., except on legal holidays.

You need to come to the Tax Assessor’s office and sign a “Request to Delete Homestead” form.

There is a 1 percent per month penalty on taxes paid after February 1, including installment payments. If you mail your payment on time but the post mark is past the due date, the payment will be considered late.

April 1st of the year AFTER you move into your home

The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 of property value that is used to calculate local property taxes. Assigned millage rates are multiplied by the total taxable value of the property in order to arrive at the property taxes. School boards also use millage rates to calculate local school taxes to be collected based on a derivation of the total property value within school district boundaries




We accept cash, checks drawn from local banks, and payment by Internet.

If you wish to pay the total amount of taxes due at one time, payment is due on or before February 1. If you wish to make a payment on an installment, you may do so via mail or at the office.

  • newly purchased vehicles — within 7 working days, exclusive of date of delivery, from purchase date
  • moving in from out-of-state — within 30 days of becoming a resident OR within 30 days after the vehicle enters the state
  • renewals — taxpayers are sent a notification 30 days prior to expiration (this is not required) and are allowed a 15 day grace period from the point of expiration before penalties will be assessed — however, the owner can still be ticketed if within 15 day grace period

Yes. You may also be eligible for a credit against future taxes. If the tag has not expired, take the tag and your original receipt to the Tax Collector for a credit voucher.

  • Initial Registration — after 7th working day following purchase 
  • If Registered in Another State — 30 days after vehicle enters the state 
  • Renewals — after end of 15 day grace period (15 days after the expiration date) 

How is penalty calculated?

The penalty is assessed on the total amount of taxes and fees (regardless of credits) and in the following manner:

5% — for first 15 days

10% — for next 30 days

15% — for next 30 days

20% — for next 30 days

25% — for next 30 days — at this point legislative tag credit is lost. 

Tax statements are sent out the first week in December. If you don’t receive your property tax bill soon after this time, please contact the county at  601-267-3021.

Car and truck tags are issued by the Tax Collector. You have 7 working days from the date of purchase to register your vehicle. New residents moving from another state have 30 days to obtain a new plate.  It is helpful to bring your automobile registration and/or title.  New residents from another county in Mississippi can wait until their next renewal to change plates. Tags are usually valid for a period of one year from the date they are issued.

For a motor vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 10,000 pounds or less, register the vehicle and receive your license plate from your local county Tax Collector’s office. You will need to register the vehicle in the county where the vehicle is domiciled, or where it is parked (garaged) overnight. For a motor vehicle with a GVW over 10,000 pounds and which travels only in Mississippi, you will register the vehicle at your local county Tax Collector’s office. For a motor vehicle with a GVW over 10,000 pounds and which travels across state boundaries, you will register the vehicle at the Department of Revenue office in Clinton, Mississippi. What should I do to renew my vehicle registration (license plates) if I did not receive a renewal notice in the mail? Please visit your county Tax Collector to complete your renewal. You are responsible for renewing your license plate(s) before the expiration date even if you do not receive a renewal notice. Late penalties will be due if you do not renew the tag within 15 days after the tag’s expiration date.

The courthouse is located at:

Court Square
Main Street
Carthage MS 39051
Phone: 601-267-8357
Fax: 601-267-8889

The Leake County Board of Supervisors sets tax rates to provide for road maintenance and improvement, general county operation (including courts, sheriff’s department, mental health, animal shelter, recreation), port improvement, garbage collection, libraries and other county services.

The name of the owner of the property as of January 1, is the name that will be on the tax statement.