Circuit Clerk

Teresa Barksdale

P.O. Box 31
Columbus, MS 39703 (mailing)
505 2nd Ave No.
Room 260
Columbus, MS 39701 (physical)
(662) 329-5900

The Circuit Clerk is elected at large for a four-year term. The Circuit Clerk provides a variety of services by serving as clerk of the court for Circuit, County and Youth courts. The Circuit Clerk is also the registrar of voters, assists in conduct of all county, state and national elections and issues all absentee ballots.  The Circuit Clerk issues marriage licenses and maintains many other records such as the judgment roll.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday 30 days prior to each regularly scheduled election

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on each two Saturday’s immediately preceding each election

Department Information

Deputy Clerks in Circuit & County Court Criminal Division (662) 241-1920 or (662) 329-3335

Deputy Clerks in Circuit & County Court Civil Division (662) 329-5908 or (662) 329-3394

Deputy Clerk in Jury Division (662) 329-5906

Deputy Clerks in Marriage Division and Voter Registration (662) 329-5947 or (662) 329-5900

Deputy Clerk Youth Court Division (662) 329-5945

Applying for a Marriage License

Both bride and groom must appear in the Circuit Clerk’s office to make application for marriage license

Present official document evidencing age

If under 21 both parents or legal guardians must sign giving their consent.

Court order required if male applicant is below 17 and female applicant is below 15

$37.00 (cash only and must have correct change) filing fee at time of application.  Applications from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM only

In no event shall a license be issued by the circuit clerk when it appears to the circuit clerk that the applicants are, or either of them is, drunk or a person with mental illness or mental retardation to the extent that the clerk believes that the person does not understand the nature and consequences of the request.

Register to Vote

You must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age by the General Election date of each year and not convicted of the crime of murder, rape, bribery, theft, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery or bigamy.

You may register to vote in person at the Circuit Clerk’s office or by downloading a form from and mailing to the circuit clerk.

You may also register to vote at the driver’s license office, health department or department of human services.  If you choose this option and do not receive a voter registration card in the mail from the circuit clerk, please inquire 30 days prior to any election.