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 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. 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 Skills Test Waiver Application (Motorcycle) (form 21-1304) 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

Contact the Motor Vehicle Division

MVD Headquarters, Driver Services Bureau, Vehicle Services Bureau (formerly Title & Registration Bureau), and Operations & Customer Support.

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