License a Vehicle - FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about licensing vehicles, boats and airplanes in the State of Montana

What should I do before licensing my vehicle?

  • Be sure you have your LLC formed and it's active. If you haven't done that yet, click here.
  • Be sure you have any financing or insurance issues resolved.
  • Secure the vehicle's title. When we license, the original title is surrendered and "converted" to a new Montana title. We'll need the original title in order to license.
    Note: we cannot register a vehicle with a salvage title.
  • Ensure the seller has signed the vehicle over to your LLC, not you personally. Click here to see how to deal with a seller.
  • Is your vehicle imported? Special, additional documents will be required. Call us for details.

How much will licensing cost?

All motorhomes: $420 plus Montana license fee
Automobiles: $420 plus Montana license fee
Trailers: $420 plus Montana license fee (permanent plate - no annual renewal)
Motorcycles: $420 plus Montana license fee (permanent plate - no annual renewal)
2nd vehicle licensing: $250 plus Montana license fee

PRIORITY/EXPEDITED handling is available for registration and title acquisition ($350).

To find out vehicle registration fees by phone: 406-447-8328 or 406-447-8369

To get an estimate by email, send vehicle details (make, model, year, Montana plate number if applicable, and any other pertinent data) to our email address. Click Here to Email Us

How long will it take once I submit my information?

  • A lot of it is up to you: we'll begin preparing your licensing documents within hours of your submission. We may require additional documents from you
  • The day we receive a proper vehicle title or MCO from you, we'll put you in the registration queue. For important shipping and mailing tips click here.
  • We'll Priority Mail your plates when we get them.
  • Your Montana registration will follow in 4-8 weeks, the title will come 8-10 weeks later, unless you expedite the process (expedite: 2-3 weeks for titles).
  • PRIORITY/EXPEDITED handling is available for both registration and title production ($350).

What happens after I submit my information?

  • We'll prepare the Montana vehicle licensing documents.
  • You'll send us the original vehicle title or MCO (new vehicles).
  • We'll take the documents and the title to the Dept. of Motor vehicles and get your plates.
  • We'll Priority Mail your plates when we get them.
  • Your Montana registration will follow in 4-8 weeks, the title will come 8-10 weeks later, unless you expedite the process (expedite: 2-3 weeks for titles).