Motor Vehicle Department
Renewal Line: Open 7:15am-5:45pm. Please stand in line behind the blue sign.
Up to Two Titles and Plate Orders: Open 7:15am-5:30pm. First come, first served (take a ticket).
Schedule an Appointment:
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Schedule Title Work Appointment by Phone
* IMPORTANT * Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Another customer will be served if you are not available at your appointment start time.
Monday-Friday (except Holidays), 7:15am to 6:00pm
The department is open during the noon hour; however some windows may be closed due to staffing availability.
Title work is not processed after 5:30pm
Motor Vehicle Department Contact Information
Motor Vehicle Questions and Information
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Motor Vehicle Supervisor
316 North Park Avenue Room 142
Helena, Montana 59623
Hours of Operation: 7:15am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays
Online Services & Information
To schedule an appointment:
Montana Registration Renewal:
Out of State/Military Temporary Permit Request, e-mail: DOJMVDLEWISCLARKCOUNTY(at)mt.gov
Information for Buying or Selling a Vehicle in Montana:
Information for Vehicle Title and Registration:
Required Documents for Vehicle Registration(Tax Exemptions, License Plate Requirements, Heavy Use Tax, Registration Purpose Only, Special Mobile Equipment):
License Plate Information:
Sponsor Plate Fees & Designs:
Title Manual & Forms:
Renew Existing Montana Registration
Renew Existing Montana Registration
A renewal decal (or tab), that will make your license plate current, will be issued each year after the fees are paid. If you keep your address updated, a courtesy renewal notice will be mailed directly to you from the State of Montana. Nevertheless, if none is received, each driver is still responsible for timely registration renewal. If your registration receipt has an expiration date, you have until the last day of the following month to renew your registration.
Changing your address at the Post Office or with the State at the Drivers Services does not update the Motor Vehicle System. If you have moved, and not submitted a change of address with the County Motor Vehicle Department your renewal done on the web may be sent to an incorrect address. A $10.30 duplicate tab fee may be charged if your address has not been updated.
Online Renewal: Motor Vehicle Registration Renewals
- Current mailing address must match expiring registration, otherwise come in to renew and update address
Renew by Mail:
- Current mailing address must match expiring registration, otherwise come in to renew and update address. Address on postcard does not necessarily mean address has been updated with Motor Vehicle Department.
- Mail postcard and check/money order to:
Lewis & Clark MVD, 316 N Park Ave, Rm 142, Helena, MT 59623
- Line open 7am to 6pm, Monday-Friday, excluding Holidays.
- Cash, Check, Mastercard and Visa are accepted as payment.
- To see how long the line is please check here:
Red Drop Box:
- If you don’t have time to wait in line you may drop your payment in the Red Drop Box located near the door of the office. Please include:
- Renewal notice(Blue Postcard). Check to see if expiring registration’s address matches the front of the card.
- Check/Money Order for exact amount.
- Renewals will be processed and mailed out the following day.
Private Sale Montana Titles:
- Up to Two Montana Titles or personalized/specialty plate (sponsor plate for trailer, Amateur Radio plates, etc.) orders may be processed by taking a ticket and waiting in the lobby.
Make sure the following are complete:
- All sellers listed on the title have signed in front of a notary.
- Odometer information has been completed for street legal vehicles weighing 1 ton or less that are less than twenty years old.
- Please make an appointment for more than three Montana titles and personalized or specialty plate (sponsor plate for a trailer, Amateur Radio plates, etc.) orders.
Out-of-State Title Transfers
If you are coming from another state, please register your vehicles as soon as you establish residency in Montana, or before your out-of-state registration expires, whichever comes first. In order to register your vehicle, you will need to provide us with the Certificate of Title. If the Certificate of Title to your vehicle is being held by a lien holder, the Motor Vehicle Department will provide you with a Foreign Title Transfer form(MV-63). You may find this form here:
This will allow the Certificate of Title to be transferred to a Montana Title and then returned to your lien holder.
Procedures now require your vehicle registration file to include your driver's license number or, in the case of a Corporation, your federal identification number. For this reason, your driver's license will be requested when registering your vehicle. An out of state driver's license will require two proofs of physical residency. Documents allowed for proof of residency can be found at www.dojmt.gov/driving/required-docs/#proof. At least one person (not a business entity) listed on the title must be a Montana resident.
Up to two out of state titles may be processed by taking a ticket and waiting in the lobby. You may also make an appointment for up to three transfers.
Please make an appointment for more than three Out of State titles or personalized/specialty plate (sponsor plate for a trailer, Amateur Radio plates, etc.) orders.
- A letter will be sent to notify you that the dealership has delivered the paperwork to our office, and it is ready to process.
- You may take a ticket and wait or make an appointment to transfer the title and registration.
- Montana residents (possessing a Montana Driver’s license) or out of state license holders who own real property in Lewis & Clark County have the option of processing their title and registration through the mail. E-mail the following, with “Quote Request: Name” as the subject Line to DOJMVDLEWISCLARKCOUNTY(at)mt.gov
- Year, Make, Model, VIN
- Full name of the person(s) applying for title
- Phone number
- Residential address
- What type of plate will go on the vehicle
- Please make an appointment for more than three Dealership titles or personalized/specialty plate (sponsor plate for a trailer, Amateur Radio plates, etc.) orders.
To be issued a duplicate of your Montana title, please visit State of Montana Vehicle Services Bureau at 302 N Roberts (Scott Hart/DOJ Building). The cost is $10.30 and will be issued the same day.
State office may also process by drop off Non-Probate Estate Titles and Break/Bonds titles if registration is not required for the vehicle.
License plates are issued to the registrants. The plates are not transferable between individuals, such as on a sale of the vehicle to another person, but the registrants may transfer their plates to their replacement vehicle. Such transfer of plates between vehicles owned by the same person must be done through the Motor Vehicle Department. Motorized vehicles require two plates at all times, except motorcycles, which require only a rear plate.
Missing or Damaged Decal
Missing or damaged decals may be replaced by going through the renewal line. The cost of the replacement is $10.30.
Missing or Damaged Plates
Missing or damaged standard and most sponsor plates maybe replaced by going through the renewal line. The cost depends upon type of plate chosen and vehicle type (motor vehicle, motorcycle, trailer, etc.) starting at $20.60.
To replace a personalized plate (plate with chosen text) or amateur radio plate, please make an appointment.
If you would like to have personalized license plates, they are available to you for an additional fee. Unique options are possible using your choice of up to seven numbers and letters, providing the combination is not offensive or in bad taste and has not already been issued to someone else. The initial cost starts at $36.05 for plate manufacture and then $10.30 annually in addition to normal registration fees.
Specially designed plates for veterans, colleges, military units and others are also available at their own initial and annual rates. To view current plate designs and their fees, please visit:
Address changes may be made in person by waiting in the renewal line and presenting your ID or by mailing a written request to:
Lewis & Clark County Motor Vehicle Department
316 N Park Ave Rm 142
Helena, MT 59623
In your written request, please include your name, driver's license number, your date of birth, your old address, and your new address.
Taxes and Fees
Registration costs are based on state established fee schedules and a county option tax. This tax is based on the manufacturer's suggested retail price, depreciated according to the schedule established by law. To access the state fee schedule, go the following website:
The Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department accepts cash, personal checks and money orders made out to Lewis and Clark County in the exact amount of your registration. Please do not send cash through the mail. No counter/starter checks are accepted. Master card and Visa are accepted in the Motor Vehicle Department. The credit card companies assess a card fee of $1.25 and 2% on your transaction cost.