Public Lands

The Public Lands Division of the MSOS has the constitutional and statutory authority for enforcement of the Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Lands and Lieu Lands laws, development and implementation of the Public Trust Tidelands Management Programs, sale of lands forfeited to the State for non-payment of ad valorem taxes, inventory of State agency lands and services to the public and governmental subdivisions relating to sales, acquisitions, leasing, and title of the State’s real property assets.

**Effective October 31, 2015 all applications to purchase tax forfeited land must be submitted using the Tax Forfeited Online Property Application site.  To access this site, please click on the following link.​​​



Bill Cheney
Assistant Secretary of State
Public Lands Division
E-mail 16th Section​
E-mail Tax Forfeited​

125 S. Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39201
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Phone: 601-359-5156
Fax: 601-359-1461

Gulf Coast Office
1701 24th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: 228-864-0254
Fax: 228-864-0325

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Raymond D. Carter
Assistant Secretary of State for the Gulf Coast
E-mail Tidelands​​​