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Montana Employment Background Check Laws

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Montana employers who hire Montana residents to work in the state of Montana must abide by the federal FCRA and the following state law. For more information on Montana state laws, please visit the state legislature.


Background check laws in MT:

Montana Code Annotated 2003 31-3-112 – Obsolete information

No consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information:

In other words:

Under this provision, background checks cannot include any criminal information that is more than 7 years old, and cannot contain information about an applicant’s bankruptcy if the date of judgment is more than 14 years old.



 How to Dispute Your Records: 

Criminal Records:

If you find that your criminal records are incorrect or incomplete and you would like to take action, you should contact the specific jurisdiction in which the records were originally filed.

Feel free to take a look at some of these resources for more information:
Criminal History Online Public Records Search
List of all courts and their contact information

Civil Records:

All of the following are included in civil records: judgments, liens, evictions, family and small claims cases. If you would like to dispute a record, contact the court in which the record was filed.

List of all courts and their contact information

Contact State Law Officials

Montana Criminal Records
302 North Roberts - 4th Floor
P.O. Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3625
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Division of Criminal Investigation
2225 11th Avenue, P.O. Box 200151
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3874
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Administrative Office of the Courts
Room 328, Park Avenue Building
301 S. Park, P.O. Box 203005
Helena, Montana 59620
Phone: 406-841-2950
Fax: 406-841-2955
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


National Laws and Resources

In order to set a standard around hiring policies, the federal government has created the Fair Credit Reporting Act or FCRA to monitor and protect both employers and job seekers. With this law, individuals are protected from unfair workplace discrimination and data breaches of their private, sensitive information. Interested in learning more? Check out GoodHire’s 10-step process for legally obtaining background reports. Be sure to read the official FCRA full text or summary legal document for more details.

Find any court in the USA: Court Locator Tool http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator/CourtLocatorSearch.aspx

GoodHire tries to update and correct the information provided for this state regularly, but we cannot make the guarantee that everything is fully up-to-date. Laws and regulations change often. This information is not meant to be used as legal advice, solicitation, or advertising. We always recommend speaking to a lawyer before taking any legal action. Please contact us if you find something that is incorrect or out-of-date on our site.

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