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Montana Public RecordsMontana is a mountainous state in the northwestern region of the U.S., rich in agriculture, ranching and tourism. The state boasts a long and illustrious history, officially joining the U.S. in 1889 and currently boasting the position of fourth largest state in size. Montana public records open the door to a piece of the state’s history, from accounts of births and deaths in Montana to court records and real estate transactions. All of the government public records for Montana are held at a state office, allowing interested parties to locate and retrieve documents with ease. The key to conducting a successful Montana public records search lies in knowing which government office to contact first.

To retrieve Montana public records, use one of the following options:

  • Order records online through vitalrecords.mt.gov.
  • Call the appropriate office and order copies of public records by phone.
  • Mail in a request for Montana public records.
  • Provide appropriate identification for all public record requests.
  • Include the right fee for documents, either by credit card, check or money order.
  • What You Can Find with a Montana Public Records Search

    A Montana public records search may open the door to a variety of information on residents of the state. The Office of Vital Statistics, which is part of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, allows interested parties to search public records for birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. Searches can be conducted at the government office or online, for the convenience of all interested parties.

    Montana birth and death certificates date all the way back to 1907, and copies are available for a nominal fee. Marriage and divorce public record in Montana can be found as far back as 1943. Certified copies of Montana public records can also be requested for a nominal charge. A picture ID is required for all requests, and it can consist of a driver’s license, passport, military ID or state ID card.

    Finding Montana Online Public Records

    Many in search of Montana public records today want to find the information they are looking for from any location around the globe. For this reason, the state government provides online public records for Montana that allow interested parties to search for the records they want and then order copies of necessary documents – all from the comfort of home.

    The public records online features a process that is fast and easy to follow. Those wishing to use the online public records system must provide a name, address and date of birth for electronic verification before a search can be initiated. The online system also requires proof of relationship documents when applicable to the search process. A nominal fee is charged per transaction to accommodate the necessary identification verification that must be conducted before the online public record search is permitted.

    Two options are available for online public record searches, including vitalrecords.mt.gov or vitalchek.com. Both of these websites follow similar procedures for locating and retrieving online public records for Montana. The system offers a fast turnaround, with most orders processed within 10 minutes. The websites are also endorsed by the Montana government, so searchers can rest assured their quest for online public records has the backing of the appropriate government agencies.

    What a Montana Public Records Search Holds for Archivists

    Those who are interested in tracing their genealogy from the state will find everything they need in a proper Montana public records search. Many different records are available, including military records, census records and cemetery records. A free public records search for Montana can be initiated online from any location, and it may turn up a wealth of information on individuals who were born, died or married in the state.

    Montana vital records offer insight into where and when people were born or died in the state. Cemetery records provide information about where long lost family members may have been laid to rest. Genealogical and historical societies may offer information to expand on basic vital statistics. When all of this information is combined into a single online public records search, it becomes much easier to put the pieces of a family puzzle together to create a complete history.

    In addition, those who are researching individuals who once lived in Montana may find information about military service or high school enrollment. Adoptees conducting online public records searches to find information about birth parents may also discover archives just for them. There is no limit to the information that can turn up in a thorough Montana public records search.



     
    State of Montana Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    967,440

     
    Under 18:
    219,498

     
    Over 65:
    133,578

     
    Employed:
    637,401

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    145,552.43

     
    Acres of Farms:
    59,403,612

     
    Births:
    11,583

     
    Deaths:
    8,528

     
    Infant Deaths:
    31

     
     
    Murder:
    23

     
    Forcible Rape:
    294

     
    Robbery:
    172

     
    Assault:
    2,008

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    2,497

     
    Burglary:
    3,332

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    20,277

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,573

     
    Total Property Crime:
    25,182

     
    Montana Public Records Locations
    Montana Highway Patrol
    Crash Records
    2550 Prospect Ave
    Helena, MT 59620-1419
    Phone:
    406-444-3278

    Fax:
    406-444-4169










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 201401
    Helena, MT 59620-1401
    Phone:
    406-444-2026

    Fax:
    406-444-3549










     
    Montana Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 4210
    Helena, MT 59604
    Phone:
    406-444-2685

    Fax:
    866-696-1912










    Business Services Bureau
    Secretary of State
    PO Box 202801
    Helena, MT 59620-2801
    Phone:
    406-444-3665

    Fax:
    406-444-3976










     
    Department of Justice
    Criminal Records
    PO Box 201403
    Helena, MT 59620-1403
    Phone:
    406-444-3625

    Fax:
    406-444-0689










    Montana Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 4210
    Helena, MT 59604
    Phone:
    406-444-2685

    Fax:
    866-696-1912










     
    Motor Vehicle Division
    Driver's Services
    PO Box 201430
    Helena, MT 59620-1430
    Phone:
    406-444-4590

    Fax:
    406-444-7623










    Office of Public Instruction
    GED Program
    PO Box 202501
    Helena, MT 59620-2501
    Phone:
    406-444-4438

    Fax:
    406-444-1373










     
    Governor's Office
    PO Box 200801, State Capitol
    Helena, MT 59620-0801
    Phone:
    406-444-3111

    Fax:
    406-444-5529










    Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department
    Licensing Records
    PO Box 200701
    Helena, MT 59620-0701
    Phone:
    406-444-2950

    Fax:
    406-444-3707










     
    Montana Department of Corrections
    Directors Office
    PO Box 201301
    Helena, MT 59620-1301
    Phone:
    406-444-3930

    Fax:
    406-444-4920










    State Legislature of Montana
    State Capitol, Rm 110
    PO Box 201706
    Helena, MT 59620-1706
    Phone:
    406-444-3064

    Fax:
    406-444-2588










     
    Department of Justice
    Sexual and Violent Offender Registry
    PO Box 201417
    Helena, MT 59620-1417
    Phone:
    406-444-2497

     
    406-444-9479

    Fax:
    406-444-2759










     
    Montana Historical Society
    Research Center
    PO Box 201201, 225 N Roberts St
    Helena, MT 59620-1201
    Fax:
    406-444-5297










    Office of The Court Administrator
    P.O. Box 203005
    Helena, Montana 59620-3005
    Phone:
    406-841-2950

    Fax:
    406-841-2955










     
    Business Services Division
    Secretary of State, Rm 260
    PO Box 202801
    Helena, MT 59620-2801
    Phone:
    406-444-2468

    Fax:
    406-444-3976










    Department of Justice
    Title and Registration Bureau
    1003 Buckskin Drive
    Deer Lodge, MT 59722
    Phone:
    406-846-6000

    Fax:
    406-846-6039










     
    Secretary of State
    Elections Bureau
    PO Box 202801
    Helena, MT 59620-2801
    Phone:
    406-444-5376

    Fax:
    406-444-2023










    Montana State Fund
    General Legal Inquiries
    PO Box 4759
    Helena, MT 59604-4759
    Phone:
    406-444-6500

    Fax:
    406-444-5963