Montana County Records
Montana county records are maintained by the local governments across the state of Montana. Without these records, we wouldn’t be able to trace back any pieces of history -- including your own history. Furthermore, the public will have access to Montana county records in order to promote transparency and openness among the people and government agencies.
With 56 counties in Montana alone, it’s no wonder the states need an effective way of keeping these records safe. There are things happening every second of the day and records are being kept of everything. Splitting the responsibility between the counties makes it easier to manage Montana county records.
When Did Montana County Records Go Public?
In fact, Montana county records have been kept for over a hundred years. There have been laws in place this whole time giving the public rights to access these records. Montana’s public record laws date back to 1895 and gave anyone from any state the right to request information in the state’s possession.
That law would later be re-written when Montana’s constitution got a makeover. The new law, which was passed in 1972, held the same weight in regards to Montana county records. While there may be exemptions to what information is released, Montana has historically ruled in the public’s favor -- noting the “constitutional public right to know outweighed the privacy of the individual” in most cases.
Can You Request Montana County Records?
There are several methods to requesting Montana county records. The method that’s been around the longest requires you to request them from the county clerk’s office -- either in person, by telephone, or by mail. The state of Montana doesn’t have any time limits as far as getting a response.
This method is reliable in a sense that they will have whatever information you’re looking for, but only if you visit the right county clerk’s office. Furthermore, it could take a while before you see any results. Luckily, technology has made this process easier with most counties utilizing electronic databases.
Today, you can find Montana county records online and they’ll even be included in reports searched through our website. With technology, these records are right around the corner. Better yet, they won’t require you to seek permission from the person you’re searching -- and they’ll never be notified that you’re looking.
Because these records will contain sensitive information that you might not be ready to see, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before conducting a search. Many people will search themselves before searching for someone else, better preparing them for what’s “behind the curtain.”
Anyone who has ever been involved in a court case knows how embarrassing and shameful they can be. We will often try to keep this stuff a secret from our loved ones, close friends, and people we meet online. Unfortunately, this information can be retained in Montana county records for anyone to see.
There are plenty of reasons why the court system might get involved in a civil case. Personal injury cases, lawsuits, evictions, foreclosures, tax liens, and property liens can all be found in Montana county records if the court case was decided in Montana. The report will also display a court case number, which you can normally take to the actual court and request more information.
As much as we love having this great technology to communicate with each other, it’s a little too easy for someone to find your contact information without your permission. When you sign a phone contract, sign up for an email address, or create a social media account, this information can be shown in your Montana county records.
Likewise, someone’s address history can also be viewed. This will show past and current addresses of homes, rentals, apartments, condos, and townhomes. If the person owns any property, it will give you information about the property and the neighborhood it’s in.
Arrest and Conviction History
Every county in Montana is required to maintain records of all arrests and convictions. Although not all will be included in public Montana county records, a majority of them will be. Exemptions will normally include the harshest of crimes, information that could pose a threat to someone’s privacy, or information threatening state or national security.
Everything from theft, assaut, drug possession, drug trafficking, speeding tickets, DUIs, murder, and rape can be shown. Even if the arrest didn’t lead to a conviction, you’ll have access to those as well.
If you know someone who has passed away recently, but don’t have any information regarding what happened or who to reach for condolences, Montana county records can help you out. They might give you the date of death, link to the obituary, and cause of death.
Since Montana county records can be used to trace back family history, you can even use them to find contact information for family members of the person that passed away.
How to Find Montana County Records
Don’t worry, you don’t have to physically request Montana county records from the county clerk’s office. Our website can help link you to a report on any citizen of the United States. The report will contain a variety of different public records and will give you a glimpse into the life of the person being searched for.
In order to start your search, all you need to do is enter the first and last name of the person into the search engine located below. Once you hit the search button, you’ll have to sift through the various people with the same name. You can limit the amount of other people showing up by entering the city and state of the person you need to find. There will be less people sharing the same name in the same state.
Once you find the right person, open their report and start viewing their information. You can use it to confirm someone’s age, make sure people are who they say they are, and even reconnect with old friends.