How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Montana?
Sometimes after you have been divorced, you need a copy of your divorce certificate to verify your identity, name change or marital status. If you were divorced in Montana, you can do so pretty quickly by following the process below.
In Montana, you must visit the courthouse where your original divorce was granted to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate. You can contact them by mail or phone also to have a search performed and apply for a certified copy.
You will have the following information available regardless of how you apply:
- Your name, address, and phone number.
- Full names of both parties in the divorce.
- Maiden names (if applicable).
- Date of divorce.
- County where the divorce was granted.
- A valid, photo ID or photocopy if by mail.
You will also need to bring a check or money order to pay the fee for your certified copy. Fees vary by county but are generally below $25 per copy. If you request the copy through the mail, it could take up to three weeks for processing. If you visit the courthouse in person, you should be able to get a copy that day. You may want to call ahead and get the search going before showing up.
If you have questions about the process or fees, you can contact the Office of Vital Records here:
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
You may also use an online service such as VitalChek.com to search and request a copy. They offer expedited service, and you can pay with a credit card. This service also offers a phone line to handle requests which you can call by dialing 1 (888) 877-1946.
Your other option is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. They are required by law to keep legal documents on file for some number of years. If they do not still have yours, they can obtain one for you through the court system. Additional legal fees may apply if you go this route.