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About Montana Open Public Records
The Montana Public Records Act also the Montana Open Records Act (MORA) are a series of laws for public access to open records at all levels of government. It provides definitions and exemptions for public records and how to retrieve them. This includes all documents past and present. Exemptions include records protected by Federal or State laws, usually having to do with privacy or public land sales or investigations. Montana has 56 counties and 51 cities and 77 towns. The fourth largest state is ranked 44th in the Union with a population just under 1 million residents. Montana was admitted to the Union in 1889. Well-known for its Rocky Mountains, the Continental Divide runs through the state splitting it into two distinct eastern and western regions. The Battle of Little Bighorn was fought in these mountains as well as home to the famous Yellowstone National Park. The Montana Department of Justice provides assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement throughout the state. Search criminal history online public records, missing persons, sex offenders, victims of criminal's rights and other law enforcement responsibilities. Find Montana public records through official websites offering data maintained by the state and made accessible to the public. Discover recorded documents such as birth, death, marriage, and other vital records typically available online. Access database searches for judicial court case records and criminal records. Find individual listings for each city and county which detail important information regarding local governments and citizen resources, public services, and general community information. Learn about the current state of housing and real estate in Montana. View data relative to land and property valuation in the state. Obtain ethnic background and gender information regarding privately owned businesses in Montana. Find out about Montana residents education and background histories. Read crime reports and see crime statistics for the state. See population figures and learn about the demographics which make up the state. Discover data about employment income in Montana, including a breakdown by ethnicity. See current news reports and read stories of local interest. Check back frequently to see updated facts and data.
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  • Where can I find in Montana, if arrest records are available to the public?
    The Montana Department of Justice provides a public background check in addition to their police criminal history records. Their background check includes felony charges, arrest and prosecution (RAP sheet) and misdemeanors. However, if you are looking for official full police reports, warrants, criminal court transcripts and field reports needs to be requested from the law enforcement agency or court directly. You can conduct a name based search, or a fingerprint based search which is more accurate. The name search is based just the dob, name and ssn. The federal search is different and is for statutorily authorized persons only.
  • How many warrants were issued by Montana last year?
    In 2014, the Montana district court issued 3519 subpoenas and search warrants. The state's most populated county, Yellowstone in the 13th district court, issued the highest number of warrants and subpoenas with 799.
  • How many divorces were filed in Montana in 2014?
    There were 10438 divorces filed in Montana's district courts, listed under domestic relations filings. There are breakdowns of statistics by individual district courts open to the public from the state court's site. The statistics go back to 2001 for all case filings and dispositions in district courts.
  • Where can I find in Montana, the location of criminal felony cases?
    The fifty six district courts in Montana hear felony cases. It is the state's general jurisdiction court hearing a large number of civil cases and all probate cases. The individual court can be located using the state's judicial website. From there you can search for individual districts to get their clerk's information.
  • Where can I find in Montana, if information about an offender's sentence to prison is included in the criminal history records, or do I need a background check?
    You don't need to request a background check to see what the person was sentenced to. The Montana Department of Corrections provides free and public offender search that lets you see more than the sentence alone. In most cases you will see the photo of the offender, current status (ie on probation), which prison the individual is incarcerated, dates of sentence, offenses, which court, net sentence and more.
  • Where can I find in Montana, access to and a copy of a marriage license form 2000?
    Depends on the county. Clerks throughout Montana have sites which will tell you how and where to get the marriage record. Unless you'd like to get a private company to do it for you.
  • Are email addresses of businesses that apply for an alcoholic beverage license in Montana, subject to disclosure under Montana's Public Records and Open Government laws?
    Persons and businesses don't get the same protections form privacy laws which limit open records. Public records generally apply to public entities and their duty to be transparent and provide information/records when in their custody. In some cases when a private company is working on the behalf of a government agency, they will be under similar laws. However, private entities don't get the same privacy protections.
Montana Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Montana Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    4,328
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    27
  • Rape:
    624
  • Robbery:
    205
  • Aggravated Assault:
    3,472
  • Total Property Crime:
    23,440
  • Burglary:
    2,887
  • Larceny Theft:
    18,176
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    2,377
Montana Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    989,415
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    902,190
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    10%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    87,220
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    902,195
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    62,438
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    219,828
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    141,903
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    884,961
  • State's black resident population
    4,027
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    62,555
  • State's Asian resident population
    6,253
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    668
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    24,976
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    28,565
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    868,628
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    89%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    88%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Montana
  • Births
    12,439
  • Deaths
    8,624
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    79
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    82%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Montana Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    2%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    5%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    90%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    27%
  • Total number of Veterans
    100,259
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Montana
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    17 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    441,279
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    28,648
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    7%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    69%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $162,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    17%
  • Total number of households
    372,947
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Montana Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $22,881
  • Statewide income of median households in Montana
    $42,222
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    15%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $31,783
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $33,225
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    498,907
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    30,862
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    6%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    647,427
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    88,372
  • People employed by the government
    93,107
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    22,293,038
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    34,433
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    37,318
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