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Are Montana Vital Records Open to the Public?

Most Montana vital records are open to the public. However, the accessibility of a record is primarily dependent on the record type, the year in which the event occurred, and the authority of the requesting party. Typically, informational copies of a record may be made available to interested members of the public. However, access to certified copies is often restricted, and only the registrant, their immediate family members, and persons with the required legal authorization or permission to access the record.

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for Montana Vital Records Online?

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services provides an online record request service through which interested and eligible persons may order vital records. To request a vital record online, all information required to process the record search must be provided by the requestor. Typically, the required information includes:

  • The full name(s) of the subject(s) of the record (including any maiden names)
  • The place and approximate date of the event
  • The license number, court docket number or case file number of the record (if applicable)
  • The full name of the subject's parents and/or legal guardian (if applicable)
  • The names of the legal representative(s) involved and/or their state bar identity number

Publicly available records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These sites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as a reliable jump-off point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not government-sponsored. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on third party sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile

 

What Do I Need to Obtain Montana Vital Records?

In addition to providing information with which to facilitate the record search, requestors may also be required to present supporting documents relevant to the record retrieval process. Typically, access to informational copies does not require any documentation. However, requests for certified copies often require the requestor to undergo a verification process in which they provide a government-issued ID, proof of relationship documents and/or a court order authorizing access to the record (if applicable).

 

What’s the Difference Between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

An informational copy is a duplicate of a record often issued for unofficial and non-legal purposes. It provides details regarding a vital event and is typically used for genealogical and research-related functions. On the other hand, certified records are official documents with the legal authority to establish the identity of the bearer. They serve a wider range of functions and may be used for applications and business endeavors. These records are primarily distinguished by the raised seal typically featured on the certified record.

Are Montana Marriage Records Public Information?

Montana marriage records are open to the public. Interested persons (of adult age) may obtain informational copies of these records without fulfilling any eligibility requirements. However, selected, sensitive information is often excluded from public records. As such members of the public cannot access records containing the social security information of the parties, and access to certified records is also restricted.

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records In Montana?

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services maintains an index of marriage records containing marriage-related information going back to July 1943. As such, the office processes requests for marriage records. However, certified marriage records are exclusively issued by the Clerk of District Court in the county where the marriage license was issued.

To confirm essential facts from the office of the DPHHS, requestors may prepare a written request detailing relevant information of the record of interest. Requests should be submitted along with a payment of $10 to:

Office of Vital Statistics
Montana Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders, Rm. 6
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

Are Montana Divorce Records Public Information?

Montana divorce records are available to interested members of the public. However, records that are accessible to the public often exclude specific details pertaining to the event. The restricted information sometimes includes the property inventory of both parties, bank account numbers, and statements as well as details of any financial settlements. Access to restricted information is excluded to persons with a proven tangible interest in the record.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records in Montana?

Montana divorce records are primarily managed and disseminated by the office of the district court clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. However, the state DPHHS also maintains an index of divorce decrees going back to July 1943, and divorce information can be obtained by sending a written request to the state office. Requests must detail pertinent information pertaining to the divorce including the names of the parties involved and the place and date the decree was granted. All requests are to be accompanied by a fee of $10 and delivered in person or via mail to:

Office of Vital Statistics
Montana Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders,
Room 6
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

Are Montana Birth Records Public Information?

Montana birth records are not public information. According to the provisions of 50-15-121 MCA and 37.8.126 ARM, only the following persons can access birth records in the state:

  • The registrant (must be at least 14 years old at the time of the request)
  • The registrant's parents or legal guardians
  • Other immediate family members including the spouse, children, and grandparents
  • Legal representatives
  • Persons authorized by court order

 

How Do I Find Montana Birth Records?

Requests for Montana birth records are processed by the state Vital Records Office. To obtain a record, interested and eligible persons may download and complete Montana’s Birth Record Application form. The form must be filled legibly, notarized and enclosed along with any of the approved identification options, as well as a cheque or money order payment of $10 made payable to “Montana Vital Records”. The application and accompanying documents may be submitted in person or via mail to:

Montana Office of Vital Statistics
111 N Sanders,
Room 6
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

Are Montana Death Records Open To The Public?

Records of deaths that occurred in Montana are open to the public. The only requirement for accessing these records is a completed application and a government-issued ID. However, the records available to the public often exclude cause of death information -- this may be made available to the deceased family and persons with the required legal authority to access the record.

 

How Do I Find Death Records In Montana?

Requests for Montana death records are processed by the state's vital records office. Interested persons may request for a death record by downloading and completing the Montana Birth Record Application. The completed form must be accompanied by the indicated fees and ID requirements and sent in person or via mail to:

Montana Office of Vital Statistics
111 N Sanders,
Room 6
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Montana

Sealed vital records in Montana are often restricted from public access but may be made available to selected persons. The requirement for accessing a sealed vital record is primarily dependent on the reason for its restriction. Where a record has been closed following the petition of either or both of the subjects, then interested persons may access the record by obtaining a written request from either or both parties.

More often than not, records are sealed by a court, oftentimes according to the provisions of the law. Where this is the case, then the record can be accessed if the requestor petitions a Montana-licensed judge for a subpoena. After receiving the subpoena, the requestor may proceed to request the record of interest using the appropriate request form and the relevant supporting documents.

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