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This page provides access to common statewide databases.  For records filed in a city or county, use the tools on the left.

  • Court System - The Montana court system has three levels. First are the courts of limited jurisdiction, which include City Courts, Municipal Courts, and Justice Courts. Collectively they handle ordinance violations, misdemeanors, civil cases up to $12,000, small claims, and juvenile matters. At the second level are the District Courts, which handle all felony & probate cases, and most civil cases. Also at this level are the separate Workers Compensation Court and the Water Court, which handles water rights matters. At the third and highest level is the Montana Supreme Court. As there is no intermediate appeals court, the Supreme Court must review every case appealed from the lower courts.  Montana Court Records
  • Criminal Records - City Courts, Municipal Courts, and Justice Courts are responsible for misdemeanors and violations. Felony cases are heard in the District Courts. Montana makes Supreme Court records available for public viewing on the Internet, but lower court records are not yet accessible online. You should contact the Clerk of Court directly for case information relating to District Court records or Limited Jurisdiction Court records. Otherwise, you can find inmate, arrest, and registered offender databases on our Montana Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records – Vital record certificates are provided by: Montana Vital Statistics, P. O. Box 4210, 111 North Sanders, Rm 209, Helena, MT 59604-4210, (406) 444-2685, Fax: (406) 444-1803.  Go to our Vital Records area to search the SS Death Index for Montana, a RootsWeb statewide death database, cemetery records from two counties; and historical marriages in Montana. Divorce records are not searchable online, but a 5-year search can be requested.  Birth records are not searchable online, but records can be requested if you qualify.


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