Montana Birth Records Search
In Montana, the Public Health and Safety Division handles all birth records requests and issues certificates. You can request a Montana birth record search and certificate in three ways, by phone, by mail, and through the VitalChek system online.
To obtain a copy of your Montana birth record, you will need to prove your identity with one of the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, state ID card, passport, military or Tribal ID.
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If you cannot produce one of these, you may use two of the following types of documents to prove your identity: fishing license, social security card, work ID, voter registration card, US Military DD214, current utility bill with address, car registration or insurance card, credit or debit card, library card, school ID, pay stub, insurance record, a yearbook or a court record.
Only the following people can obtain a copy of your birth record:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your spouse.
- Your parents.
- Your children.
- Your grandparents.
- A caretaker relative.
- A legal guardian.
- Other authorized representative with documentation.
You must prove your relationship to the party on record if you are applying for a birth record that is not your own.
Types of Montana Birth Records
Montana offers two types of birth records that you can purchase.
- Certified Copy - a certified copy of your birth certificate is a legal document proving your identity. You can use it for all government purposes such as getting a driver’s license, social security card, passport or applying for school, retirement or the military.
- Information Only Copy - an informational only copy is not to be used for proof of identity. It is not a legal document and is to be used only for information.
Montana’s current population is estimated at 1.06 million people extrapolated from the figures collected during the 2010 census. It has a slow growth rate of 0.79%, making it 26th in the country.
Montana is enormous with wide open plains and ranks 4th largest in the U.S. Montana has a massive land area of 145,552.43 square miles with only 6.86 people per square mile. Montana is incredible sparsely populated, ranking 48th in the U.S. Some of the state was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 but became a state in November 1889.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are less women than men in Montana. The total population of Montana is estimated at 1,038,656 people with 522,942 male and 515,714 female. There are 7,228 less more women than men in the state, which is 49.65% of the total population.
The Montana Gender Ratio is 101 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.01. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Montana Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 11.45 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 12,282 total births — the lowest in Montana history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 12,282, 0.31% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Montana
Top 5 Counties in Montana with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Montana with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Montana with the highest birth rate|
|Yellowstone County - 12.21||Yellowstone County - 12.21|
|Missoula County - 10.22|
Montana Fertility Rate
In Montana the fertility rate based on historical data went from 67.63 to 60.10 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 65.34 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.13 to 28.37.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Montana Birth Certificate
To order a copy of your birth certificate by mail, send your application, fee, and proof of identity to:
Office of Vital Records
Department of Public Health and Human Services 111 N Sanders Rm 6, PO BOX 4210, Helena MT 59604
Processing time will take approximately 2-4 weeks. You can call (406) 444-2685 to check on the status of your request.
Montana charges $12 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy. You must pay in U.S. funds and make all checks or money orders out to Montana Vital Records. The fee is non-refundable whether or not your Montana birth record search yields any results. Informational-only copies are $10 each.