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About Montana Open Public Record

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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Montana Free Public Records Directory


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

Montana Free Court Records Search


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Ask Questions, About Montana

  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)