How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Montana
Obtaining a birth certificate is something we all need to do from time to time in life. Birth certificates can verify your identity, your age, and your citizenship. They are useful in cases like applying for school, sports, the military or some jobs.
If you were born in Montana and needed a certified copy of your birth certificate, you can get one quickly by following the steps below.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) handles all vital records for the state, and you must contact them to get your copy.
You can order a copy by mail if you download and complete the application and then send it, along with your fees to:
Office of Vital Records
Department of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders Rm 6
PO BOX 4210
Helena MT 59604
Mail-in requests take 2-3 weeks for processing.
If you have questions about your application or want to check on an order, you can contact them via email at HHSVitalRecords@mt.gov or phone by calling (406) 444-2685.
You will need the following information to apply for a copy of your birth certificate:
- Valid, photo ID such as driver’s license, passport, military or state ID card.
- Full name of the person on record.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Mother’s full name, including maiden name.
- Father’s full name.
- Your relationship to the person on record.
- Your name.
- Your address including city, state, and zip.
- Your phone number.
- Your email address.
- Your signature.
You must have your application notarized for it to be legal.
You must pay a non-refundable, $12 fee for the first copy and another $5 for each additional copy. Make your check or money order out to Montana Vital Records.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.