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State Laws on Background Checks - Mississippi


Miss. Code Ann. §43-15-303

A “child care service” employer offering or conducting a child care service cannot permit an applicant to volunteer if the volunteer is listed on the sex offender registry. Additionally, a “child care service” will not knowingly permit an applicant to volunteer who has been convicted of a sex offense, who has been adjudicated not guilty of a sex offense by reason of insanity or has been adjudicated physically or mentally incompetent. “Child care service employer” means every person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation offering or conducting a “child care service”. “Child care service” is defined as a business or volunteer service that involves the care, instruction or guidance of minor children where a fee is charged for the care, instruction, guidance or participation of a child in the program (see §43-15-307 for definitions).

A “child care service employer” who violates the above will be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined up to Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), imprisoned for a period not to exceed six (6) months, or both. An employer who obtains an official report from the Mississippi Justice Information center that the applicant is not registered as a sex offender shall not be guilty, absent the employer’s actual knowledge.

The Mississippi Code is provided by an external service provider. The Code can be viewed online at the below. Check “Title 43” and then “Chapter 15”and then “Article 7”.


The Mississippi Sex Offender Registry can be viewed at: