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Montana Public Records

Who Can Access Montana Public Records

Montana may be one of the smaller states in the country, but it still collects a large amount of data on its citizens. Montana also has a number of public records that are open for public use. While some records, such as library records, social security numbers, and the location of burial sites are all kept confidential, many of the records kept by the government are available upon request.

State Law vs. The Constitution

One of the more confusing aspects of Montana public records involves who is allowed to access these records. According to Montana public records law, only citizens are allowed to access these records. Yet in the Montana constitution it states that anyone is allowed to access records upon request. The way the government operates, the constitution is more valuable than any individual law, so even though the Montana public records law states that only certain people can have access, that is voided in favor of the constitution.

The only restrictions are against using any of the data you collect for mailing lists. Beyond that, the data may be used for any purpose and requested without giving any reason. That allows anyone interested in Montana public records to access the data provided they are not using it for mailing lists.

Montana Birth Records

If you are looking to find your Montana Birth Records then it would be easier for you to find them if you aren’t more than 104 years old because the State office of Montana has birth records since late 1907. But these records are far from complete; majority of the records from the early years are missing but that shouldn’t be a problem for the people from that time. It is highly unlikely that they might need their birth records for something important anymore.The birth records since then have been stored at the Department of Public Health & Human Services. The procedure to obtain a copy of these documents involves sending an application to the Office of Vital Statistics at 111 N Sanders Rm.209, P.O. box 4210, Helena, MT 59604. The application can either be handed over directly or mailed to the address. The fee to be submitted for the copy of your birth records has to be sent by a mailed check or money order to the given address.The processing time for the access of your birth records; once the application is received is around 2 to 3 weeks. It must be kept in mind though that the records are only available to those who present a photographic ID verified by the government while receiving the copy of records.

Montana Death Records

If you are looking to find your Montana Birth Records then it would be easier for you to find them if you aren’t more than 104 years old because the State office of Montana has birth records since late 1907. But these records are far from complete; majority of the records from the early years are missing but that shouldn’t be a problem for the people from that time. It is highly unlikely that they might need their birth records for something important anymore.The birth records since then have been stored at the Department of Public Health & Human Services. The procedure to obtain a copy of these documents involves sending an application to the Office of Vital Statistics at 111 N Sanders Rm.209, P.O. box 4210, Helena, MT 59604. The application can either be handed over directly or mailed to the address. The fee to be submitted for the copy of your birth records has to be sent by a mailed check or money order to the given address.The processing time for the access of your birth records; once the application is received is around 2 to 3 weeks. It must be kept in mind though that the records are only available to those who present a photographic ID verified by the government while receiving the copy of records.

Additional Montana Resources

The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information. 

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