How Do I…?

How do I Find Board of Supervisor meeting minutes?

Supervisor Minute Books are stored at the Chancery Clerk’s Office.

CAR TAGS

How do I renew my car tag?

Contact the Tax Collector’s Office. Tags may be purchased with Cash,  Money Order, Certified Funds or Check (with proper information included). Debit/Credit cards are accepted. (Fees may apply.). Credit Cards are accepted (Fees may apply).

TAX COLLECTOR :
Doris Spidle, Tax Collector
500 Constitution Ave.  Room # 101
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9786
taxcollector@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I find cost of my car tag?

Contact the Tax Collector’s Office. Tags may be purchased with Cash,  Money Order, Certified Funds or Check (with proper information included). Debit/Credit cards are accepted. (Fees may apply.). Credit Cards are accepted (Fees may apply).

TAX COLLECTOR :
Doris Spidle, Tax Collector
500 Constitution Ave. 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9786
taxcollector@lauderdalecounty.org

COURTS

How do I ask questions about Jury Duty?

Call the Circuit Clerk’s Office:
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I pay a traffic citation?

Contact the Justice Court to find the proper amount you owe.
Mail in your money order or cashier’s check, along with a copy of your citation, to:
Darlene Jones, Court Administrator
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

What if my license is suspended?

Contact the Justice Court for the proper amount you owe. Fines may be paid with Cash, Check, Money Order or Debit Card. Credit Cards are accepted (Fees may apply).
Darlene Jones, Court Administrator
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that the court may mail you the necessary documentation you must present to your licensing state for reinstatement of your driving privileges.

How do I find our about a court date or request a hearing on a traffic citation or criminal charge?

Contact the Justice Court to establish a hearing date.
Darlene Jones, Court Administrator
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I file a civil suit?

Contact the Justice Court, or you can come into the court, and pick up the necessary pleadings to complete and return with your filing fee.
Darlene Jones, Court Administrator
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

ELECTIONS

How do I register to vote?

You may register to vote at the County Circuit Clerk’s Office
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I vote absentee for the upcoming election?

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I qualify as a candidate in the upcoming election?

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

Where do I vote?

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

Who qualifies for the homestead exemption and how do I apply?

Contact the Tax Assessor Office:
TAX ASSESSOR
James Rainey, Tax Assessor
500 Constitution Ave. 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9779
taxassessor@lauderdalecounty.org

What is the special or over-65 homestead exemption and who qualifies?

The special or over-65 exemption is for homeowners who became disabled or turned 65 years old during the prior year. It exempts the first 75,000.00 of true value from taxation.

When is the deadline for applying for homestead?

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

Where do I go to apply for homestead?

Applications are taken January 2nd (or first work day of New Year) through April 1st, at the Tax Collector/Assessor Office:
TAX ASSESSOR
James Rainey, Tax Assessor
500 Constitution Ave. 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9779
taxassessor@lauderdalecounty.org

Do I have to re-file every year?

No, unless any of the following apply to you:
(1) Change in ownership or occupancy of the home.
(2) Purchase of additional property that may be eligible.
(3) Divorced or deceased spouse.
(4) Either owner had 65th birthday in previous year.
(5) Either owner became totally disabled in previous year.

What if I move from my homestead property?

You need to come to the Tax Assessor’s Office and sign a ‘Request to Delete Homestead’ form.
TAX ASSESSOR
James Rainey, Tax Assessor
500 Constitution Ave. 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9779
taxassessor@lauderdalecounty.org

LAND RECORDS

CONTACT:
CHANCERY CLERK
Carolyn Mooney, Chancery Clerk
500 Constitution Ave, 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9701
chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

What are Land Records?

Land records refer to those record series that may involve real estate. These include documents traditionally recorded in Deeds Books and Plat Cabinets, such as Deeds, Deed of Trust, Authorities to Cancel, Oil & Gas Orders, and many other documents. The Land Records Division also dockets and indexes Judgments and files certain Uniform Commercial Code transactions that are a lien on real estate.

Does the Clerk’s Office have blank forms for land records related to documents?

No.

How do I obtain copies?

Fees for copies made by the public are .25¢ per page. The fee for copies made by our staff is .50¢ per page. There is an additional fee for certifying a copy of a document.

Requests for copies sent by mail must be accompanied by check or money order covering the cost of the copies and a stamped self-addressed envelope. The request should reasonably identify the document to be copied. Checks should be made payable to the Lauderdale County Chancery Clerk.

What are the requirements that must be met for a document to be recorded?

There are different requirements depending on the type of document, so they cannot be listed here.
It is the responsibility of the person offering the document for recording to make sure (1) that the document is original, (2) that it is signed and that the signatures are properly acknowledged before a notary public, (3) that the document is a complete writing and contains the required information, (4) that is accompanied by the proper fees, and (5) that is accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope so that it can be returned to the party offering it for recordation.

The Clerk’s staff CANNOT give legal advice. Those seeking to record a document in the Clerk’s office are encouraged to obtain the advice of a professional.

When is my document recorded?

Documents are recorded at the time we receive them. They are available for viewing by the public the same day.

What does the Clerk’s Office accept in payment of recording fees?

The Clerk’s office accepts (1) cash, (2) checks made payable to the County Chancery Clerk, and (3) money orders.

What if a check for recording fees is not correct?

If a check for recording fees is short the document will be returned with a request for the proper filing fee.

If the check for recording is over $5.00, the document will be recorded and the excess deposited into the Chancery Clerk’s Office Fee Account. Refunds are mailed at the end of each month.

Are land records open to the public?

Yes, land records are available for public inspection from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Chancery Clerk’s Office:
CHANCERY CLERK
Carolyn Mooney, Chancery Clerk
500 Constitution Ave, 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9701
chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE RECORDS

How do I obtain a marriage license?

There is a $22.00 fee.
Additionally, both parties must be 21 years of age or over.
For additional information, call the Circuit Clerk’s Office:
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I get a copy of my divorce record?

Contact the Chancery Clerk’s Office:
CHANCERY CLERK
Carolyn Mooney, Chancery Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9720
chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

TAXES

How do I estimate my land taxes?

TAX ASSESSOR
James Rainey, Tax Assessor
500 Constitution Ave. 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9779
taxassessor@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I look at my parcel’s location?

TAX ASSESSOR
James Rainey, Tax Assessor
500 Constitution Ave.  Room # 101
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9779
taxassessor@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I pay my current land taxes?

Contact the Tax Collector’s Office. Taxes may be purchased with Cash,  Money Order, Certified Funds or Check (with proper information included). Debit/Credit cards are accepted. (Fees may apply.). Credit Cards are accepted (Fees may apply).
TAX COLLECTOR
Doris Spidle, Tax Collector
500 Constitution Ave.  Room # 101
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9786
taxcollector@lauderdalecounty.org

Where do I pay my delinquent taxes?

At the Chancery Clerk’s Office via cash, money order, or check.
Contact the Chancery Clerk’s Office:
CHANCERY CLERK
500 Constitution Ave,  Room # 101
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9701
chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I find out information concerning Tax Exemptions, Industrial Land Requirements
and/or Contacts for County industries?

Contact the Tax Collector’s Office:
TAX ASSESSOR
James Rainey, Tax Assessor
500 Constitution Ave. 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9779
taxassessor@lauderdalecounty.org

PASSPORTS

How do I get a passport?

Contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office
CIRCUIT CLERK
Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I get a copy of my DD214?

Contact the Chancery Clerk’s Office:
CHANCERY CLERK
Carolyn Mooney, Chancery Clerk
500 Constitution Ave, 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9701
chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

How do I have my power restored?

Contact the utility that provides the service:

ENTERGY
1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749)

SOUTHERN PINE ELECTRIC POWER ASSOCIATION
601-785-6511

MISSISSIPPI POWER
1-800-532-1502

How do I report road hazards?

Call Cristy Jackson 601-482-9797

or Greer Goldman 601-482-9754

or contact the Supervisor for the district in which the road hazard or repair is needed.

Jonathan Wells, District 1

410 Constitution Avenue
11th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9746
districtone@lauderdalecounty.org

Wayman Newell, District 2

410 Constitution Avenue
11th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9746
districttwo@lauderdalecounty.org

Josh Todd, District 3

410 Constitution Avenue
11th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9746
districtthree@lauderdalecounty.org

Joe Norwood, District 4

410 Constitution Avenue
11th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9746
districtfour@lauderdalecounty.org

Kyle Rutledge, District 5

410 Constitution Avenue
11th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9746
districtfive@lauderdalecounty.org