Montana Public Records:
Public records consist of several kinds of records. These records are quite often available on the Internet. However, it depends on what kinds of records are made available online. Sometimes certain records are not available online. For these, you will have to visit the local government or County offices. You may have to pay a nominal fee to obtain certain records. There are several websites that offer free and updated online records as well.
The Montana Free Public Records Directory provides several kinds of free public records from Montana. Through drop down menus and name searches you have access to various kinds of records that are available to you at hand. You can easily do background checks at the Montana Department of Justice. You can conduct name-based and fingerprint-based searches through this website. A fee of $11.50 has to be paid while conducting name searches and $10 has to be paid for obtaining fingerprint results.
Criminal history records can be searched at Public Criminal Online History Record Search. Registered users can obtain results at a click of a button and receive a bill at the end of the month.
Another great online source of Montana's public records is http://www.statearchives.us/public/montana.htm. Birth and death certificates can be obtained for $12. Any additional copies can be obtained after the payment of $5. Other kinds of records such as Marriage and Divorce Records are also available here. However, you have to submit your photo and signature id while obtaining these records.
You may also visit:
Office of Vital Statistics
MT Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders, Rm. 209
P.O. Box 4210
Here you can obtain these records personally. This office also provides records for deaths and burials that take place in Montana.
You may also obtain public records personally from:
County records can be obtained from http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-MT-NDX.html. While obtaining Montana county records there are certain guidelines that one has to follow. Following these guidelines will help you in all your searches. It is important to place one request at a time as this will help in getting what you want. While making name searches, include the entire names, middle names, pet names and possible spellings of the name and get maximum results. Self addressed and stamped envelopes are really important and must be provided with every request. Specify dates and years correctly when asking for death and birth certificates.
Criminal records from Montana can viewed at http://www.criminal-records.org/states/montana.html. Here you will find a list of juvenile sex offenders and adult sex offenders. The updated records are available in form of DOB, name, sex, race, weight, height, county of offense, case number, sentence date, sentence and release date.
Another excellent source of criminal records is Montana Instant Statewide Criminal Background Search. You will have to pay a fee while obtaining these records. A most wanted list and corrections report is available on this website. You can also avail of employment and tenant screening services here.
In 1988 the School of Journalism at the University of Montana created the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline to assist residents in gaining access to public records in Montana from public agencies. Unlike similar programs in other states, the Montana FOI Hotline is free for individuals to use. The work of the FOI Hotline is overseen by two attorneys from the Meloy Law Firm of Helena, Montana..
According to the Montana Judicial Branch, access to public records in Montana pertaining to court records specifically "is governed by two fundamental rights guaranteed by the Montana Constitution: the Public's Right To Know, Article II, Section 9, and the Right of Individual Privacy, Article II, Section 10." This document instructs individuals to exercise great care when including any information of a personal nature in court documents except as specifically required by the court due to the access by the public to records in Minnesota.