How to request an appointment at DMV Montana

How do I get an appointment at the Montana DMV? If you are a new Montana resident, you may need to be aware of some of the processes and paperwork necessary to keep your vehicle’s documents in order, as well as the driver’s documents in order.

The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is the office in charge of processing driver’s license, vehicle and related paperwork in the state of Montana. You can schedule a DMV Montana appointment online, over the phone or in person at an office near you.

Request an appointment at DMV Montana

Guide to getting your DMV appointment in Montana.

  1. Log in from the Montana DMV at
  2. Scroll down and choose between scheduling your appointment or online services such as registration or license renewal.
  3. You can schedule an appointment, exam, renew your license, ID card, request a duplicate, make changes or payments.
  4. However, you can also check hours of operation and access phone numbers.
  5. Some DMV offices in Montana will be able to assist you in person, others from telephone services.

At DMV Montana, an appointment-only reservation system has been implemented for certain required in-person transactions that cannot be completed online, by phone or by mail.

Best times to visit the Montana DMV

Here are some tips on the best times to visit the Montana DMV.

  • Afternoons tend to be busier than mornings
  • The middle of the week tends to have shorter waits than Monday and Friday
  • The Montana DMV office starts the lunch break around noon, which leaves fewer employees. Try to avoid the lunch hour if possible.
  • Make sure you have enough time to finish your paperwork, especially if you are getting a permit or taking a road test.

What to do at DMV Montana

DMV Montana is adding more and more online services so you can get things done without having to visit a physical office for an appointment. You can renew your vehicle registration, replace your license and more online.

These are just some of the services you will be able to perform at DMV Montana appointments.

  • Learner Driver Assistance Program
  • Renew your driver’s license online
  • Renew your driver’s license by mail
    Replace your driver’s license by mail
  • Renew and replace your Real ID. Requirements before you go.
  • Apply for a standard driver’s license.
  • Apply for a commercial license
  • Registration and Permits
  • Identification Card
  • Forms and manuals
  • Driver History
  • Check your driver’s license status
  • Disability permits

DMV Montana online services

These are some of the services you will be able to perform at DMV Montana online. Please note that a new REAL ID requires an in-person visit to a DMV office and cannot be processed online.

Schedule Montana appointments

  • Most transactions require an appointment
  • Driver license stations are very busy
  • Written and practical tests require separate appointments
  • You must pass all written tests before scheduling your road test
  • Commercial driver applicants must have their learner’s license for 14 days after passing the written tests before taking the practical exam.
  • Schedule your appointment

Online driver’s license renewal and status verification

  • Adding REAL ID endorsement is not available online.
  • You cannot change the legal name or add the veteran designation online at this time
  • Check the status of a license at any time
  • Renew standard or commercial licenses
  • Renew license online

Online Registration Renewal

  • If your name, address and/or county has changed or if you no longer live in Montana, you must renew your registration at your local County Treasurer’s office.
  • If you now qualify for exemptions, you must renew your registration at your local County Treasurer’s office to add exemptions.
  • Renew registration online

Consult driver’s history

  • Obtain your driving record
  • Request someone else’s driving record
  • You must be connected to the printer to print the record
  • Records cannot be saved on computers or mobile devices
  • View your driving record

Download MVD’s practice test application on iPhone

  • Answer up to 37 randomly generated multiple-choice questions related to the Montana Driver’s Handbook
  • View the list of all questions, the correct answers, and your answers at the end of the test
  • Repeat the same test or generate a new one
  • Download for IPhone
  • Download for GooglePlay

What to bring to your Montana DMV appointment

If you are applying for a driver’s license or a travel ID (a REAL ID-compliant license or ID) in Montana, you will need to bring some documents with you to your Montana DMV appointment. If you have all of your documents with you, your visit will go faster and smoother. Documents include:

  • Proof of identity, such as passport or birth certificate
  • Proof of social security number, such as a social security card or W-2 form
  • Two documents proving Montana residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement

Montana DMV offices

As you may know, the Montana DMV is an office dedicated to serving anyone who wishes to process their vehicle, driver’s license or identification card documents throughout the state.

Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Headquarters

  • MVD headquarters is located at 302 N Roberts, Helena, MT 59620 in the Scott Hart Building
  • Customer service windows are located on the second floor
  • The Customer Service Center is located at the headquarters to receive phone and email responses to customer questions and concerns.
  • Locations: MVD Montana

Driver service offices in Montana:

The Vehicle Service Bureau (VSB), provides two customer service windows at the MVD headquarters to provide in-person service to customers.

  • VSB is located at MVD headquarters at 302 N Roberts, Helena, MT 59620 on the second floor of the Scott Hart Building.
  • MVD is a business partner with county treasurers, who have locations in each county to register vehicles and issue plates.
  • Locations: Driver Services
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