Military Resources

You’ve served us, now let us serve you

Are you an active duty, reserve, or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Services? If so, the Montana Motor Vehicle Division is proud to offer a unique number of services and benefits to you.

Driver License & ID Card

License & ID veteran designation, license expiration exemption, military motorcycle endorsement, military CDL waiver

License Plates

Active & veteran military plates, disabled veteran plates, military road skills test waiver

Vehicle Registration

Vehicle Registration, Reduced registration fees, Disabled Veterans, Purple Heart designation.

Veteran Designation

As a Montana veteran, you are eligible to have a “Veteran Designation” added to your driver license or ID card. This designation recognizes your service and may serve as proof for your eligibility to receive benefits or discounts offered by businesses and organizations.

To apply for a Veteran Designation, you will need to:

STEP 1

Download, fill out, and submit Add Veteran Designation (form 21-300)

STEP 2

Get a replacement license at a driver license station and select to add the veteran designation to your license or ID card

STEP 3

Pay the $10.30 fee for a license (or $16.48 for an ID card)

License Expiration Exemption

As an active duty service members, you may apply for a military driver license exemption. This exemption renders your license valid up to 90 days after honorable discharge, regardless of the expiration date printed on the license. Exemptions are indicated by having a 90-day exemption notice printed on the back of the license. You may also have “9999” printed on the front of your license in place of an expiration date.

Family members who are stationed with service members are not eligible for a license expiration exemption, however, they are eligible for up to 2 consecutive mail-in renewals or license replacement by mail.

To apply for a license expiration exemption, you will need to:

STEP 1

Download, fill out, and submit Military Exempt Status (form 34-1303) to the address indicated on the form

STEP 2

Submit a copy of your current driver license OR birth certificate OR US passport

STEP 3

Submit a copy of military orders OR leave and earning statement

Motorcycle Endorsement

If you are an active duty service members stationed outside of Montana, you may apply to have a motorcycle endorsement added to your driver license without completing a road skills test at a Montana driver license station. You must satisfy the requirements outlined below.

To apply for a motorcycle endorsement, you will need to:

STEP 1

Contact MVD at [email protected] or (406) 444-3933

STEP 2

Submit Skills Test Waiver Application (Motorcycle) (form 21-1304) certifying completion of a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course

STEP 3

Pass the Montana motorcycle written test under the supervision of an approved test proctor

Military Waiver for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)

You may be eligible to have your CDL road skills test waived (written tests cannot be waived) if you have a valid standard Montana driver license AND in the past year you were in a military position operating a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle.

To apply for a military road skills test waiver, you will need to:

STEP 1

Submit the Military CDL Skills Test Waiver , signed by your Commanding Officer

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Military Plates

We offer several license plates exclusive to military personnel. Each plate is available only to those individuals having served or who are reserve or active duty members in the branch of the military denoted on the plate, or to their surviving, unmarried spouse (e.g. a marine can obtain a marine plate, but not an air force plate). These plates acknowledge your service and military status.

We offer three plate types, Active Duty, Reserve, and Veteran, for each branch of the military. Your current military status must match what is displayed on the plate.

If you have “Active Duty” or “Reserve” license plates and your military status changes (e.g. you are honorably discharged), you must surrender your plates to your County Treasurer’s Office and reapply for new plates that reflect your new military status.

Disabled Veteran Plates

The “Disabled Veteran” plates function as disability placards allowing the registered vehicle displaying the plates to use disabled parking spots in addition to recognizing your service.

To apply for a “Disabled Veteran” plate, you will need to:

STEP 1

Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating that you are currently rated 100% disabled or are paid at the 100% disabled rate for a service-related disability

Purple Heart Disabled Veteran Plates

The “Purple Heart Disabled Veteran” plates function as disability placards allowing the registered vehicle displaying the plates to use disabled parking spots in addition to recognizing your service.

To apply for a “Purple Heart Disabled Veteran” plate, you will need to:

STEP 1

Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating that you are rated 50% or more disabled

STEP 2

Provide U.S. Department of Defense form DD-214 verifying you are a recipient of a Purple Heart

Gold Star Family License Plate

U.S. military family members who are eligible for a Gold Star Lapel Button may be issued special Gold Star Family license plates upon application and after paying all applicable motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer registration fees and special license plate fees.

To apply for a Gold Star Family license plate, you will need to:

STEP 1

 Complete Application for Gold Star Family License Plate (form MV57) and submit it to the Montana Veterans Affairs Division

STEP 2

 Upon verification of eligibility, you will receive a letter from the Montana Veterans Affairs Division

STEP 3

Present the letter of eligibility from the Montana Veterans Affairs Division at your local County Treasurer’s Office to receive the Gold Star Family license plate

Vehicle Registration

You are eligible to have certain light vehicle registration fees reduced if you entered active duty in Montana and are currently active or in the reserves stationed in another state.

To apply for a fee waiver, you will need to:

STEP 1

Submit Application for Military Registration (form MV53) when registering a new vehicle or renewing registration for an existing vehicle

Disabled Veteran Reduced Fees

Veterans with a service-related disability may qualify for reduced vehicle registration fees.

To apply for reduced fees as a disabled veteran, you will need to:

STEP 1

Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating that you are currently rated 100% disabled or are paid at the 100% disabled rate for a service-related disability to your local County Treasurer’s Office

Purple Heart Disabled Veteran Reduced Fees

Veterans awarded with a Purple Heart that have a service-related disability may qualify for reduced vehicle registration fees.

To apply for reduced fees as a Purple Heart recipient, disabled veteran, you will need to:

STEP 1

Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating that you are rated 50% or more disabled

STEP 2

Provide U.S. Department of Defense form DD-214 verifying you are a recipient of a Purple Heart to your local County Treasurer’s Office

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