Motor Vehicle registration extensions remain in place

Several options available to maintain social distancing, including online services


Helena – Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicles Department reminds people certain requirements for vehicle registration remain suspended until the end of the declared state-of-emergency in Montana. 

Dealerships have an additional 90 days to submit paperwork to county offices, and vehicle owners to title and register any vehicles transferred after March 16, 2020. Vehicle owners will receive a letter from Lewis and Clark County that the paperwork is at the Motor Vehicles Department and can then register online at or walk-in at the City-County building at 316 N. Park Ave. in Helena on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Renewals may be done online up to 30 days past the month shown on the vehicle’s registration tab. Online registration can be done for vehicles expired no more than one month at Renewals may also be mailed to 316 N. Park Ave. Room 142, Helena, MT 59623, or placed in the lobby drop-box. Registration expired over one month and permanent renewals may be requested online at

New Montana residents have a 90-day extension to title and register vehicles. 

Forty-day temporary permits can be done online at

Due to office closures and the extensions, no late title fees will be charged on permits expiring on or after March 16, 2020, until the end of the declared state-of-emergency.

The Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicles Department is now open at 7:30 am Monday-Friday on a first come, first serve basis. For renewals, appointments can be made by calling 406-447-8328. Phones are answered 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. It is recommended people continue to call rather than leave a message.



Mary Garrett

Motor Vehicle Supervisor

Lewis and Clark County