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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


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Montana

  • How do you find marriage license for 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 are criminal felony cases heard?
    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)

Montana Most Wanted and Warrants


View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

Montana Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Thomas Faulk
    Thomas Faulk, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/19/2020. Missing From Thompson Falls, Mt. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Sanders County Sheriff's Office (montana) 1-406-827-3584.
    August 26, 2020
  • Missing: Lucas Warner
    Lucas Warner, Age Now: 6 Month(s), Missing: 08/22/2020. Missing From Big Arm, Mt. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Flathead County Sheriff's Office (montana) 1-406-758-5610.
    August 23, 2020
  • Missing: Ashlynn Basham
    Ashlynn Basham, Age Now: 6, Missing: 07/29/2020. Missing From Troy, Mt. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Troy Police Department (montana) 1-406-295-4111.
    July 31, 2020
  • Missing: Taylor Walton
    Taylor Walton, Age Now: 15, Missing: 07/24/2020. Missing From Missoula, Mt. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Missoula County Sheriff's Office (montana) 1-406-258-3452.
    July 30, 2020
  • Missing: Mary Hagestad
    Mary Hagestad, Age Now: 16, Missing: 12/21/2019. Missing From Billings, Mt. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Billings Police Department (montana) 1-406-657-8200.
    January 16, 2020
  • Missing: Sean Wyatt-kavis
    Sean Wyatt-kavis, Age Now: 15, Missing: 01/03/2020. Missing From Missoula, Mt. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Missoula Police Department (montana) 1-406-552-6300.
    January 04, 2020

Montana Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Montana Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Montana American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • Montana's demographic and housing ACS survey of 1,006,370 being 0.32 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 50.2% males and 49.8% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Montana social characteristics data of 407,797 households, which make up 0.35 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 256,008 families with and without children. There are 238,988 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Montana American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 807,917 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.32 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 516,403 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Montana housing characteristics are collected from 486,782 dwellings making up 0.37 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 407,797 or uninhabited 78,985 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 407,797 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Montana Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Montana
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Montana Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in Montana
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Montana
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Montana territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile