The Montana Death Records Index contains 635,494 death records, which date as far back as the year 1860 and up through the year 2007. These death records were compiled from the Office of Vital Statistics, operated by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (PHSD). To learn more about the Vital Statistics Office, visit them online at Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Office of Vital Statistics .
The data found within the Montana Death Records Index varies depending on when the death certificate was recorded. For most death records between the years 1860 and 1953, they contain the name of the deceased, the date of death and a file number, although place of death is often recorded. For death records after 1954, the records will be more informative and include full name of deceased, date of death, age at death, gender, file number and place of death.
The PHSD Office of Vital Statistics is responsible for holding Montana's death records, but is also the repository for state birth certificates. The Office of Vital Statistics gathers important health-related statistics as well and maintains them for the Montana PHSD, including data related to the state's vital events organized by county. They also follow the occurrence of chronic diseases, behavioral health risks and communicable diseases within the state.
The PHSD Office of Vital Statistics is motivated to promote healthy communities within Montana, which is why it maintains extra records indexes and uses the death certificates to help compile this data in order to promote preventative measures within communities to promote healthier families.
Although PHSD Office of Vital Statistics does require individuals to present a form of government issued photo identification before obtaining death records, the death records are considered public information, so anyone may request death records.
The Montana PHSD Office of Vital Statistics offers the convenience of online ordering for copies of death certificates. Individuals may also request death records in person at the main office or make their request by phone or mail, although the processing time for these last two options can take anywhere from two to three weeks to process. Use the following contact information to find out additional information on obtaining Montana death records through the PHSD Office of Vital Statistics.
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Office of Vital Statistics
111 N. Sanders Room 209
PO Box 4210
Helena, Montana 59604