Montana Public Records
The Montana Open Records Act is found in Title 2, Chapter 6 of the Montana Annotated Code. It states that every citizen has a right to inspect any public writings of the state, which include laws, judicial records, and other official documents and records in the form of paper, correspondence, form, book, photograph, microfilm, etc.
Exemptions include private personal information, such as Social Security numbers; records that would hinder ongoing investigations; records that would threaten the security of government offices or agents; and records protected by federal or state law.
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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|Child Support Payment |
Search this database of child support payments in Montana by SSN & case number to access payment information.
|Company and Trademark Search |
Search the Montana Secretary of State by name for corporations, limited liability companies, assumed business names, and trademarks.
|County Records |
Click here for Montana county records, or use the drop-down menu at the top of the left-hand column.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Montana statewide or nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Huge database. Save time and get more information.
|Driver Records |
Search the Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division, for Driving Records. Site requires registration and fee.
|Inmates / Offenders |
Search the Montana Department of Corrections database for convicted felons.
|Missing Persons |
Montana Department of Justice missing persons and missing children database.
|Offender Registry |
Search Montana Department of Justice records for registered / violent offenders by name, location, or optionally by offender type.
|Property & GIS Maps |
Click on "Parcel Search" then once in the system, select a county and then search for property in Montana by property owner name and view interactive GIS maps.
|Unclaimed Property |
Montana Department of Revenue "Click for Cash" unclaimed property search.
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|Administrative Rules |
Search the Montana Administrative Rules Register. Search by Department, Chapter, and Rule, Table of Contents, MCA Number, rule number or chapter number or do a full text search.
|Attorney General Opinions |
Browse or search the Montana Attorney General's database of opinions and letters of advice from 1996 to the present.
Search the State Bar of Montana member directory by name or city.
|City Records |
Search public records free in Montana cities and towns.
|Code and Constitution |
Browse the Montana Code by Title or the Montana Constitution by Article and Section.
|Court Records - U.S. District PACER |
Provided by: U.S. District Court of Montana. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal civil & criminal court records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update. Provides dockets and documents.
|Court Records - U.S. District PACER Bankruptcy Pay Site|
U.S. District Court of Montana bankruptcies. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, name, SSN/Tax ID, or case type. Provides dockets and documents.
|Criminal Histories |
Use this Montana Department of Justice fee-based service to search for Montana criminal histories by name and date of birth, and optionally by social security number and/or alias.
|Delinquent Taxpayers |
Browse this list from the Montana Department of Revenue of large case delinquent taxpayers.
Search by name, phone number, or agency for Montana state employees.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Montana for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Montana instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Job Listings |
Search the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for job listings by county, region or workforce center.
|Maps - Hunt Planner |
Use this Montana Land and Water Public Access website to search by region, species, regulations, and statistics for hunting information.
|Marriages 1865-1950 |
Search over 300,000 marriage records filed in Montana counties between 1865 and 1950.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Montana to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Parole Dispositions |
Browse the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole for final Board dispositions. Covers 1999 to present.
|Parole Hearings |
Browse the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole for current Parole Hearings.
|Uniform Commercial Code Pay Site|
Montana UCC filing database. System access requires registration with the Secretary of State, a monthly fee for unlimited searches, and fees for document copies and certification.