CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS
The Madison County Sheriff’s office has had a major increase in requests for Concealed Weapon Permits. While we would like to ensure that every qualifying individual obtains a CWP in a reasonable time period, the following procedures could speed up the CWP process.
1)State Law requires that any CWP holder provide proof of a firearms training and familiarity course. This would include a Hunter Education certificate, prior Law Enforcement and in many cases, prior military experience.
Currently a Hunters Education Course must be taken to obtain a hunting license, however this hasn’t always been the case. If you find that you do not have proof of firearms familiarity training, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Detention staff to obtain information on attending a one day course.
As a side note, many people may have taken the course but can no longer find their certificate. If this is the case please contact Detention Officer Carmin Hill. It may be possible to obtain a duplicate.
2)AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. Once you have your application filled out, contact the Detention Staff to schedule an appointment. The Detention Staff will work to schedule a time that is convenient for you.
if you have questions
Detention Officer Carmin Hill
HOW TO AVOID BEING A SCAM VICTIM
DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 98% of scam attempts.
REMEMBER - If an offer appears to good to be true - it probably is.
NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service unless you know them - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer and thief.
FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
Don't accept payment from far away places - Don't send purchased items until a check or money order has been given 21 days in your bank in order to clear verification of funds.
NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
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PUBLIC BACKGROUND CHECKS
The public does have limited access to criminal background checks and driver's license checks via the State of Montana Department of Justice. The checks listed below are for Montana only. Name-based checks mean the check is done for the person's name, date of birth and social security number. Fingerprint searches are done using the person's fingerprints along with the information above. Fingerprinting services can be obtained through the Madison County Sheriff's Office for a $10 fee.
CRIMINAL HISTORY WESITE: https://doj.mt.gov/enforcement
MONTANA DRIVER RECORDS WEBSITE: https://doj.mt.gov/driving
ON-LINE CRIMINAL HISTORY REQUESTS: You must submit the individual's complete name and date of birth. Social security numbers are optional but allow for a more thorough search. Cost is a $11.50 fee. Go to: https://app.mt.gov/choprs/
MAIL CRIMINAL HISTORY RQUESTS: Requests for background checks should include the complete name, date of birth, social security number and any aliases or maiden names. Specify whether the request is for a name-based check or fingerprint check. The requester must include the fingerprint card for a fingerprint check. Mail to: JISD/Customer Services Bureau, Criminal Records Section, PO Box 201403, Helena, MT 59620-1403. Include a self addressed stamped envelope and $10 processing fee (check or money order) for each individual.
MONTANA DRIVER RECORDS ON-LINECHECKS: Include the individuals full name, date of birth and driver's license number. Cost is $7.25 per search. Go to: https://app.mt.gov/dojdrs/
MAIL REQUESTS FOR DRIVER RECORDS: Complete the form #34-0100 request available from https://doj.mt.gov/driving and mail to Montana Motor Vehicle Division, PO Box 201430, Helena, MT 59620-1430. Cost is $4 per check. Send a self addressed and stamped envelope with request or it will cost an additional $3.
Other criminal history checks are also available by going to: https://doj.mt.gov/ and searching for "Revised Fee Schedule". Once there, click on "Read more" under background checks. You can contact Montana State records at:
Montana Criminal Records
303 North Roberts
PO Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620-1403