Montana Public Records

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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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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.

Attorneys | Disciplinary Actions

State Bar of Montana disciplined attorneys.

Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens  Pay Site

Search for bankruptcies, judgments and tax liens in Montana or nationwide for $5.00 with this instant Premium service.

City Records

Search public records free in Montana cities and towns.


Montana Annotated Code.

Company Search - Business Entities by Registered Prinicipal  Pay Site

Search the Montana Secretary of State corporate database for Montana businesses associated with an individual. Requires registration, registration fee, and a $4 charge per search.

Court Locator

Montana Judicial Branch Court Locator. Use the map to find the address and phone number of a local court.

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.

Court Records | Supreme Court

Montana Supreme Court case records searchable by case number, name, advanced search, or view cases decided in the last 30 days.

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.

Death Records

Browse Montana deaths recorded since 1907.


Search by name, phone number, or agency for Montana state employees.

Job Listings

Search the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for job listings by county, region or workforce center.

Legislative Bills

Montana State Legislature Legislative Bills.

Licenses - Professional, Medical & Business

Montana professional, medical, and business license databases and license verification services.

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

Over 300,000 marriage records filed in Montana counties between 1865 and 1950.

Marriages 1889-1947

Montana marriages recorded between 1889 and 1947.

Missing Children

Montana missing children search.

State Phone Directory - Agency Listings

Browse the Montana State Government list of agencies and departments for phone contact information.

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.

Voter Registration Files

Montana voter registration files, available for bulk purchase.

Montana is located in the western United States. The Capital is Helena and the largest city is Billings.  The Official Web Site is located at  Montana is the 44th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 1,023,579 and the 2010 census population was 989,417.  The land area is 145,545.80 square miles and there are 6.8 persons per square mile.

89.5% of the population is White, 0.6% is Black or African American, 3.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.8% is Asian, 6.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.5% are two or more races. 92.1% are a high school graduate or higher, and 28.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $184,200. There are on average 2.39 persons per household, the per capita income is $25,373, the median household income is $46,230, and 15.2% of the persons in Montana are considered below poverty level.

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