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Montana Death Certificate

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Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in Montana, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.


Copies of a certified Montana death certificate will be issued to anyone who submits a completed application, establishes their identity, and lists the reason for needing the copy.


Certified copies of a Montana death certificate cost $12.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy of the same record. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Montana Vital Records. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Decedent's name
  • Date of death
  • Date of birth
  • Place of death
  • place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Occupation
  • Spouse's name
  • Number of copies
  • Reason record is needed

The person signing the request must provide an enlarged legible photocopy of both sides of their valid driver’s license or other legal picture identification with a signature, or the requestor must have the application notarized. Picture ID with a signature includes:

  • Driver’s license 
  • State ID card 
  • Passport 
  • Military ID card 
  • Tribal 

If a picture ID with a signature is not available, two other forms of identification are required; one must have a signature. These include:

  • Social Security card 
  • Work ID card 
  • Car registration/Insurance 
  • Doctor/medical record 
  • Fishing license 
  • US Military DD214 
  • Utility bill with a current address 
  • Voter registration card 
  • Credit/debit/ATM card
  • School ID card 
  • Library card 
  • Insurance record 
  • Pay stub 
  • Traffic/pawn ticket 
  • Court record 
  • Yearbook

Submitting Your Request

Send the completed application and appropriate fee to:

Office of Vital Statistics
Department of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders Room 6
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604

Mail requests are usually processed and mailed within two weeks. You can call 406-444-2685 to check on the status of your application.

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified Montana death certificate.

See our complete list of resources for Montana.

State-By-State Health, Legal, And End-Of-Life Resources

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