Motor Vehicle registration moving to appointments only

Renewals will still be on a first-come, first-served basis


Helena – Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus and physical distancing requirements, beginning Monday, July 6 the Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department will be requiring an appointment for all title work. This measure is to protect employees and the public from potential infection and community spread. 

Renewals will continue on a first-come, first-served as long as physical distancing is done. If social distancing is not adhered to, these services will also go to appointment only.

Appointments for title work can be made by calling the department at 406-447-8328, then choose option #1.

The Motor Vehicle Department is still providing all services online or through the mail.  Secured drop-boxes are also in the lobby for title work and renewals.

Additional information previously provided

Renewals may be done online using the State of Montana online service at up to 30 days past the month shown on the vehicle’s registration tab. Renewals can also be mailed to the Motor Vehicle office at 316 N. Park Ave. Room 142, Helena, MT 59623. Additionally, there is a secure lock box in the hall for renewal drops.  The State online service is the fastest way to renew.

Registration expired over one month and permanent renewals may be requested online at

Due to the pandemic, Motor Vehicles established a new process for temporary registration permits and submitting paper work for titling new vehicles in which Motor Vehicles has the title paperwork in-hand. Start the process online at and customers will then be sent an invoice and contacted when a signature is needed. An appointment can be made to come in to sign. Individuals with title work in-hand or out-of-state driver’s licenses cannot use this process and must come in-person.

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

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.

While spring and summer are typically the busiest time for motor vehicle registrations, the COVID-19 pandemic has created further delays. Due to the Attorney General extensions, many customers waited to come in and the long lines can partially be attributed to delayed March, April and May customers. The department has recently recruited two new employees and training has begun. 



Jeni Garcin | Communications Coordinator | 208-961-0349 | jgarcin(at)