October 17, 2018
Helena – Anyone who has registered a vehicle in Lewis and Clark County has probably spent time waiting in line. While it can be a long process, Lewis and Clark County continuously strives to improve the current system. A new feature is an online live web cam in the City/County building motor vehicle hall in Helena so citizens can view the lines prior to coming to the building.
The webcam can be found on the Lewis and Clark County webpage at http://www.lccountymt.gov/car/motor-vehicle-web-cam.html
Along with the web cam, there are several other convenient ways to renew without standing in line.
If your tags have not expired, renewals can be done online at https://app.mt.gov/vrr/renewal/index.html Additionally, renewals can be dropped in a lock box installed in the motor vehicle hall.
People can also schedule title work by calling the Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department at 406-447-8328.
The Department opens at seven thirty each morning to accommodate people who need to get to work.
Finally, LLC’s are encouraged to make an appointment in time allotted each week specifically for LLC title work. This frees up the motor vehicle windows for residents.
In Montana, the Montana Attorney General Vehicle Services Bureau (VSB) regulates title and registration of motor vehicles. All registrations take place at the local county treasurer’s office. The VSB provides the county treasurer with hardware and software, the treasurer title and registers the vehicles. Payments taken by each County are sent to the State of Montana.
Lewis and Clark County employs 10 people to do title and registration work. They process over 8,000 transactions per month, and approximately $12 million per year.
The Montana Enhanced Registration and Licensing (MERLIN) System is the software provided by VSB for vehicle registration and title work. Due to the amount of information required to be input into this program, title work can take a significant amount of time, which is the main reason wait times can be long.
Additionally, when LLC paperwork is filed in Montana, it establishes a company as a “resident.” Because Montana has laws on not charging sales and/or use tax on property that requires a title, companies benefit by forming a Montana LLC. LLC’s tend to conduct multiple transactions at once, thus taking up a substantial amount of time in the title line. Therefore, appointment times are set aside for LLCs to do title work to help streamline the process.
Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator
Lewis and Clark County
Treasurer/Clerk & Recorder
Lewis & Clark County