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Help for Using this Website

Accessibility

The Department of Justice strives to conform to Section 508 accessibility guidelines and be consistent with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendations and other web industry standards. Although all of the content is accessible with browsers that support these standards, the appearance of the site depends on numerous things, including the operating system, web browser and version, screen size and resolution, and font/text size selected by the user.

Browsers

If you are using an older browser, you may want to consider upgrading to a web standards-compliant browser. Instructions for downloading and installing the free browsers are available at Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Download Files

Many of the forms and documents on our website are stored in a proprietary or special format, such as Portable Document Format (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) or Microsoft Excel (.xls). If you do not have the application needed to read a document’s format, the file can be viewed in your web browser by downloading and installing a free viewer on your computer. Carefully read and follow license agreements and instructions provided at each website before downloading the viewers.

View PDFs

Download Adobe Reader to view Portable Document Format (PDF) files. If you have questions about or problems with downloading, installing or using this product, visit the Adobe website.

If you have difficulty viewing a PDF file, you may need to upgrade or update to the latest version of Adobe Reader. Problems can include:

  • you receive an Adobe Acrobat upgrade message
  • the PDF file seems to be a blank page
  • you receive the following error message: “There was an error processing a page. A font contains a bad CMap/Encoding.”

Some PDF files are large and may take a long time to download if you try to view them within your web browser. To speed this up, or if you have problems viewing a PDF file, save the file to your computer hard drive and then try opening it in Adobe Acrobat or Reader, rather than through your browser.

  1. Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS) on the link for the PDF file you need.
  2. Choose Save Target As in Internet Explorer.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, save the file on the Desktop or in a folder where you will be able to find it again.
  4. After the file download is complete, start Adobe Acrobat or Reader.
  5. Open the PDF file you saved to your computer.

See Adobe’s technical support document 328233 for more information about PDF files that don’t appear in your web browser window.

Fill in PDF Forms

To save a PDF form with the typed in text on your computer or share drive, you must have Adobe Reader 7.03 or later.

View Microsoft Files

If you have questions about or problems with downloading, installing or using Microsoft products, visit the Microsoft website.

Print Problems

If you have difficulty printing a page from this website, you may want to consider viewing and printing the page in another browser. You may also try changing the page margins and/or scaling options in your web browser’s page setup. If you are still unable to print, see the Contact the Webmaster section below.

Print PDF Files

If you can open and view a PDF file, but it fails to print correctly (e.g., the printed output does not match what is on the screen), you may try the following:

  1. Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS) on the link for the PDF file you need.
  2. Choose Save Target As in Internet Explorer.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, save the file on the Desktop or in a folder where you will be able to find it again.
  4. After the file download is complete, open the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat or Reader.
  5. From the File menu, choose Print.
  6. In the Print dialog, click Advanced and choose the Print as image option.
  7. Click OK.

Note: When you print a PDF file as an image, it may take longer to print.

Print from Firefox

Firefox has several known print-related issues, including the following:

  • Print preview – Print preview does not match printed pages and PDFs.
  • Long tables – If a table spans more than one printed page, several issues can arise. For instance, text prints on top of text, the table will not print on the first page and bumps to the second page, only sections of the table print, and the footer graphic sometimes cuts off.
  • GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) Images – Firefox does not accurately print transparent GIFs — graphic images or logos through which you can see the background. When printed, a white box appears around the image if it is against a background color.

Contact the Webmaster

There are several ways you can find information on our website, including:

  • Navigate the site using the categories and associated drop-down menus below the photo banner at the top of each page
  • Follow the sitewide links at the bottom of each page
  • Search for information using the form on either our home page search page

If you need further assistance or want to report a possible website error, contact the department webmaster at dojwebmaster@mt.gov. When reporting a broken link, be sure to paste the bad URL into the body of the e-mail message.

Disclaimer Statement

No endorsement is intended or made of any hypertext link, product, service or information either by its inclusion or exclusion from this page or site. While the Department of Justice makes all attempts to ensure the correctness and suitability of information under its control and to correct any errors brought to its attention, no representation or guarantee can be made as to the correctness or suitability of that information or any other linked information presented, referenced or implied. All critical information should be independently verified. Questions about information on this site should be directed to the department contact at contactdoj@mt.gov.

Privacy and Security Statement

The purpose of this statement is to inform website users of the use of information that may be collected while they are visiting the Department of Justice’s website.
The Department of Justice respects each individual website user’s right to privacy. Any personal information that is collected will not be disclosed to any third party except as required by applicable law, unless the website user has expressly permitted the disclosure or “opted in” to allow the disclosure.

Citizens and businesses are not routinely asked to provide personal information to visit the website. We may request personally identifiable information from you in order to provide requested specialized services, but such information is handled as it would during an in-person visit to our office.

Montana law controls the level of access to personally identifiable information maintained in public records at state and local levels of government. Information that is generally available under Montana law may be posted for electronic access through the website.

Use of Constituent E-mail Addresses

E-mail addresses obtained as a result of a request to the website will not be sold or given to other private companies for marketing purposes unless it is specifically stated when the e-mail address is requested and the user “opts in” to having their e-mail used in the stated fashion. The information collected is subject to the access and confidentiality provisions of Montana Code and Federal law. E-mail or other information requests sent to the website may be maintained in order to respond to the request, forward that request to the appropriate agency, communicate updates to the website that may be of interest to citizens, or to provide the website designers with customer feedback to assist in improving the site. Individuals will be provided with the ability to “opt in” at any time to receive communication regarding new service updates.

Data Security and Quality

The department is committed to data security and the data quality of personally identifiable information that is either available from or collected by the website, and has taken reasonable precautions to protect personally identifiable information from loss, misuse or alteration. Any third parties responsible for this information are committed to the same principles, and also are required by contract to follow the same policies and guidelines as the State of Montana in protecting this information. Unless otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, rule or regulation, the individual is granted the ability to access and correct personally identifiable information whether or not the information inaccuracy was accidental or created by unauthorized access.

Other Websites

Various websites may be linked through the website. Since the department has no control over these websites, visitors to those sites are advised to check their privacy statements and be cautious about providing personally identifiable information without a clear understanding of how the information will be used. The department accepts no liability for other entities that are linked to the website.

Website Security

For information security purposes, the computer systems that host the website employ software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to compromise its devices. These attempts to cause damage could be subject to legal action.

Definitions

Personally identifiable information: means individually identifiable information about an individual collected online, including:

  • first and last name
  • residence or other physical address, including a street name and name of a city or town
  • e-mail address
  • telephone number
  • Social Security number
  • unique identifying information that an Internet service provider or a government website operator collects and combines with any information described above

State of Montana Policy

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Attorney General's Office & Legal Services Division

The Attorney General’s Office, headed by Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana. The attorneys in the Office have expertise in a wide range of legal topics and handle a broad range of legal cases involving the State of Montana and its people.

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Children’s Justice Bureau

The Children’s Justice Bureau is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to IMPROVING how we respond to child victims, DEVELOPING state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, HELPING child victims recover and move on with their lives.

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Division of Criminal Investigation

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Montana Department of Justice is involved in many aspects of Montana law enforcement and is integral to the Department dciof Justice’s mission of promoting public safety.

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Forensic Science Division & State Crime Lab

The mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is to use operationally efficient and financially responsible practices as the laboratory provides accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the criminal justice community in order to maximize value to the citizens of Montana.

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Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department of Justice. In March 2008, the department implemented a searchable online database that, for the first time, is updated in real time and includes any photos provided by law enforcement.

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Office of Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims. To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.

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Central Services Division

The Montana Department of Justice’s Central Services Division provides financial and human resources support for the department. We make sure that everything works for the people Working for Justice. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping protect the rights and safety of all Montanans, we invite you to join our team of over 800 dedicated employees working across the state.

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Justice Information Technology Services Division

Our Justice Information Technology Services Division (JITSD) provides vital Information Technology (IT) infrastructure upon which Montanans and lojitsdcal and state law enforcement agencies rely for timely, accurate information. JITSD manages the IT systems, services, and interfaces to support nearly 800 DOJ employees, 325 statewide county motor vehicle system users, and over 3,000 Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) users across the state.

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Montana Highway Patrol

Montana is rich in natural beauty and history. From Glacier Park in the west to Makoshika Park in the east, the men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol are working hard to make your travels safe and enjoyable. The Highway Patrol’s core values are “Service, Integrity and Respect.” These values are reflected in our commitment to public safety through diligent and fair enforcement of our traffic codes.

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Montana Law Enforcement Academy

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The Academy offers entry-level programs referred to as Basic Programs and advanced training through an array of Professional Development Programs.

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Public Safety Officer Standards & Training

The Council was formed in 2007 under 2-15-2029, MCA as an independent Quasi-judicial board. And as allowed by statute the Council adopted Administrative Rules in order to implement the provisions of Title 44, chapter 4, part 4, MCA. Per 44-4-403, MCA the Council is required to set employment and training standards for all Public Safety Officers as defined in 44-4-401, MCA and in addition the Council shall provide for the certification or recertification of public safety officers and for the suspension or revocation of certification of public safety officers.

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Gambling Control Division

Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.

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Motor Vehicle Division

The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering, and regulating the motoring activities of the public. The MVD continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers.

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Natural Resource Damage Program

The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.

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Office of Consumer Protection

Enforce consumer laws designed to protect the consumer from unfair or deceptive business practices. Enforce statutes relating to telephone solicitation and telemarketing. Provide information to consumers about their basic rights under consumer laws. Assist consumers by distributing consumer education materials including scam and consumer alerts. Investigate false, misleading, or deceptive trade practices.

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Human Trafficking

The Montana Department of Justice has a continued commitment to victims of human trafficking. In partnership with federal authorities, our agency plays a key role in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of crimes related to human trafficking in Montana. This form of modern day slavery does happen here in Big Sky Country.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.

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Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.

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Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.

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Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

Drinking and driving has been a chronic – and deadly — problem on Montana’s roadways for decades. In 2008, Montana was ranked as the deadliest state in the nation when it came to per capita DUI-related traffic fatalities.

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Work for Justice

Everyday at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people. If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.

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