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.

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 Population

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.

State Population
1 birth every 2568 seconds

1 death every 3852 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Montana Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Montana
Oregon - 11.05Nevada - 11.71
Maine - 9.84Arizona - 11.68
New York - 11.15North Carolina - 12.09
Florida - 10.28California - 12.30
New Hampshire - 9.11Colorado - 11.83

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 - 12.21Yellowstone 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.

Montana Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $12.00
Organization: Office of Vital Statistics; MT Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
Address:111 N Sanders, Rm. 6; P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Montana Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.