Montana Public Records

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

Montana Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Montana American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Montana ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    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.
  • About Montana Selected Social Characteristics
    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.
  • About Montana Selected Economic Characteristics
    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.
  • About Montana Selected Housing Characteristics
    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.