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Montana Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in Montana, including the dates for which Montana vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online Montana vital records databases.

Montana Vital Records:

Montana Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
Vital Statistics Bureau
111 N Sanders Room 209
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604
Phone: (406) 444–2685 or 1 (888) 877–1946
Fax: (406) 444–1803

What You Need to Know:
Check or money order should be made payable to Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Personal checks are accepted. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees. Photocopy of identification is required – either a photo ID with signature such as a Driver's License, or two forms of ID (one MUST have a signature). Please copy both sides of the ID when mailing your request.

Web site: Montana Vital Statistics Bureau


Montana Birth Records:

Dates: From 1907*

Cost of copy: $12.00 (includes a 5–year search)

Comments: Birth records in Montana of less than 30 years are not considered public and will only be released to the person named on the certificate or an immediate family member. After 30 years have passed from the date of birth, an informational copy of the birth record may be obtained by anyone, though certified copies are still only available to family members. Photocopy of picture ID and signature is required.
Application for Montana Birth Certificate

* Some Montana counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have been kept by the clerk of the court in each county.


Montana Death Records:

Dates: From 1907*

Cost of copy: $12.00

Comments: Death records in Montana of less than 30 years are not considered public and will only be released to the person named on the certificate or an immediate family member. After 30 years have passed from the date of death an informational copy of the death record may be obtained by anyone, though certified copies are still only available to family members. Photocopy of picture ID and signature required.
Application for Montana Death Certificate

* Montana death records prior to 1907 may be available (as early as the 1880s), but these are few and scattered. Contact the Clerk of District Court for the appropriate Montana county.

Online:
Montana Death Registry, Pre-1954 & 1954-2002
(free)


Montana Marriage Records:

Dates: From about 1864, varies by county

Cost of Copy: $10.00

Comments: Marriages in Montana are registered and maintained at the county level, generally from the time of each county's formation date. An index to Montana marriages since July 1943 is maintained by the state Montana Vital Statistics office for individuals married in the state of Montana since July 1943 which can help to identify the county in which the marriage occurred. Certified copies of marriage records are not available from State Office, however, and the fee for search and verification of essential facts of a marriage since 1943 is $10.00.

For earlier records, and recommended for all genealogy requests, contact the Clerk of District Court where the marriage license was issued. FamilySearch also has many early Montana county marriage records available online (see below).

Online: Montana Marriages, 1889-1947 (free)


Montana Divorce Records:

Dates: Varies by county

Cost of copy: $10.00

Comments: The state Vital Records office has an index to locate divorce decrees since July 1943. Certified copies are not available from State office. Fee for search and verification of essential facts of divorce is $10.00. Apply to the Clerk of District Court where the divorce decree was granted.

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