Montana Department of Justice

 

Driver Licenses | License Plates | Vehicle Registration
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.  A print version of the information contained below can be found here.

Many of these benefits require documentation issued by the Montana office of Veteran Affairs or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

The Montana Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection also provides Military Consumer Protection Tips by clicking here.

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Veteran Designation

Montana veterans are eligible to have a  “Veteran Designation” added to their driver license. This designation recognizes your service and may serve as proof that you were a member of the U.S armed services, eligible for benefits or discounts offered by businesses and organizations.

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

  1. Submit form 21-3000
  2. Pay the $10 fee
  3. Submit documentation from the State of Montana Veteran Affairs confirming your veteran status

License Expiration Exemption

Active duty service members may apply for a military driver license exemption. This exemption renders your license valid up to 30 days after honorable discharge, regardless of the expiration date printed on the license. Exemptions are indicated by having a 30 day exemption notice printed on the back of the license. Service members may also have “9999” printed on the front of their license in place of an expiration date.

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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:

  1. Submit form 34-1303 to the address indicated on the form
  2. Submit a copy of your current driver license OR birth certificate OR US passport
  3. Submit a copy of military orders OR leave and earning statement

Motorcycle Endorsement

Active duty service members stationed outside of Montana may apply to have a motorcycle endorsement added to their driver license without completing a road skills test at a Montana exam station if they satisfy the requirements outlined below.

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

  1. Contact Program Specialist Tara Kloker
  2. Submit a skills waiver form certifying completion of a “Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course”
  3. Pass the Montana motorcycle written test under the supervision of an approved test proctor

Military Waiver for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)

Service members with a valid standard Montana driver license and who are currently or were in the past year employed in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle may be eligible to have their CDL road skills test waived. Written tests cannot be waived.

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

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

 

 

License Plates

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 3 plates for each branch of the military: Active Duty, Reserve, and Veteran. 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 (i.e. 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.

A full list of military license plates can be found here.

Disabled Veteran Plates

The “Disabled Veteran” and “Purple Heart Disabled Veteran” plates, in addition to recognizing your service, function as disability placards, allowing the vehicle upon which they are mounted to use disabled parking spots.

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

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

  1. Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating that you are rated 50% or more disabled
  2. Provide U.S. Department of Defense form DD-214 verifying receipt of a Purple Heart

 

 

Vehicle Registration

Reduced Fees

Active and reserve members of the U.S. armed services who entered active duty in the state of Montana and who are currently stationed in another state are eligible to have certain light vehicle registration fees reduced.

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

  1. Submit form MV53 at the time of vehicle registration or registration renewal

Disabled Veterans Reduced Fees

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

Disabled Veterans need to:

  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

Disabled Veterans with a Purple Heart will need to:

  1. Provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs stating that you are rated 50% or more disabled
  2. Provide U.S. Department of Defense form DD-214 verifying receipt of a Purple Heart
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Attorney General's Office & Legal Services Division

The Attorney General’s Office, headed by Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana. The attorneys in the Office have expertise in a wide range of legal topics and handle a broad range of legal cases involving the State of Montana and its people.

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Children’s Justice Bureau

The Children’s Justice Bureau is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to IMPROVING how we respond to child victims, DEVELOPING state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, HELPING child victims recover and move on with their lives.

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Forensic Science Division & State Crime Lab

The mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is to use operationally efficient and financially responsible practices as the laboratory provides accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the criminal justice community in order to maximize value to the citizens of Montana.

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Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department of Justice. In March 2008, the department implemented a searchable online database that, for the first time, is updated in real time and includes any photos provided by law enforcement.

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Office of Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims. To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.

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Central Services Division

The Montana Department of Justice’s Central Services Division provides financial and human resources support for the department. We make sure that everything works for the people Working for Justice. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping protect the rights and safety of all Montanans, we invite you to join our team of over 800 dedicated employees working across the state.

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Justice Information Technology Services Division

Our Justice Information Technology Services Division (JITSD) provides vital Information Technology (IT) infrastructure upon which Montanans and local and state law enforcement agencies rely for timely, accurate information. JITSD manages the IT systems, services, and interfaces to support nearly 800 DOJ employees, 325 statewide county motor vehicle system users, and over 3,000 Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) users across the state.

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Division of Criminal Investigation

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Montana Department of Justice is involved in many aspects of Montana law enforcement and is integral to the Department of Justice’s mission of promoting public safety.

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Montana Highway Patrol

Montana is rich in natural beauty and history. From Glacier Park in the west to Makoshika Park in the east, the men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol are working hard to make your travels safe and enjoyable. The Highway Patrol’s core values are “Service, Integrity and Respect.” These values are reflected in our commitment to public safety through diligent and fair enforcement of our traffic codes.

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Montana Law Enforcement Academy

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The Academy offers entry-level programs referred to as Basic Programs and advanced training through an array of Professional Development Programs.

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Public Safety Officer Standards & Training

The Council was formed in 2007 under 2-15-2029, MCA as an independent Quasi-judicial board. And as allowed by statute the Council adopted Administrative Rules in order to implement the provisions of Title 44, chapter 4, part 4, MCA. Per 44-4-403, MCA the Council is required to set employment and training standards for all Public Safety Officers as defined in 44-4-401, MCA and in addition the Council shall provide for the certification or recertification of public safety officers and for the suspension or revocation of certification of public safety officers.

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Motor Vehicle Division

The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering, and regulating the motoring activities of the public. The MVD continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers.

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Natural Resource Damage Program

The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.

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Office of Consumer Protection

Enforce consumer laws designed to protect the consumer from unfair or deceptive business practices. Enforce statutes relating to telephone solicitation and telemarketing. Provide information to consumers about the Consumer Protection Act. Assist consumers by distributing consumer education materials including scam and consumer alerts. Investigate false, misleading, or deceptive trade practices.

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Gambling Control Division

Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.

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Human Trafficking

The Montana Department of Justice has a continued commitment to victims of human trafficking. In partnership with federal authorities, our agency plays a key role in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of crimes related to human trafficking in Montana. This form of modern day slavery does happen here in Big Sky Country.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.

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Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.

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Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.

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Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

Drinking and driving has been a chronic – and deadly — problem on Montana’s roadways for decades. In 2008, Montana was ranked as the deadliest state in the nation when it came to per capita DUI-related traffic fatalities.

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Work for Justice

Everyday at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people. If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.

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